ZICAM...should it be recalled?

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    Jun 17, 2009 6:00 AM GMT
    I came across an article stating that the FDA is warning against the use of certain ZICAM products sold as over-the-counter cold remedies because they are associated with the loss of sense of smell (anosmia). Anosmia may be long-lasting or permanent. Since the product is "homeopathic" it is not subject to the rigors of testing that prescription med are. Apparently FDA doesn't have the authority to force a recall..yet, .....here is the link.http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm167065.htm

    I hope the product stays available..it is the only thing that has really helped me with colds.....anyone have any good or bad experiences with the product?

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    Jun 17, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    i've found that it works incredibly well... i hope this isn't true... icon_cry.gif
  • silverfox

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    Jun 17, 2009 7:06 AM GMT
    Me too I love Zicam but God I love to smell things!

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    Jun 17, 2009 7:34 AM GMT
    Every doctor I have ever seen for sinus infection as a kid has said that I was to use nasal sprays for 3 days max, only as needed and no refills. Reading the directions have warned against overuse.

    As such I think people should be aware of the proper use of medication and not rely on the FDA to tell them what to do

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    Jun 17, 2009 7:35 AM GMT
    Drugs all of it icon_razz.gif

    I haven't had a pill in YEARS. Knowing that they have side-effects... often fairly unknown/untold/unsure side-effects doesn't make me want to take one anytime soon icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 17, 2009 7:48 AM GMT
    Cobalt saidDrugs all of it icon_razz.gif

    I haven't had a pill in YEARS. Knowing that they have side-effects... often fairly unknown/untold/unsure side-effects doesn't make me want to take one anytime soon icon_smile.gif


    You'll change your mind


    When your refusal to vaccinate your kids, results in them getting polio
  • totorosc

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    Jun 17, 2009 7:57 AM GMT
    I use the Zicam Rapid melts. Those work very well and I haven't experienced any side effects. I'm not one to use any nasal products. Tried it once with some off the counter cold remedy and I wasn't happy with the results.
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    Jun 17, 2009 8:00 AM GMT
    ZICAM is bad. It caused me to loose my smell for a few months. Now, I just use salt and some Grape Fruit Seed extract (in warm water and rinse out my nose) and I breath well. Sometimes with the dust here in Arizona I get allergies....but not anymore...ZICAM is crap!
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    Jun 17, 2009 8:01 AM GMT
    MsclDrew said
    Cobalt saidDrugs all of it icon_razz.gif

    I haven't had a pill in YEARS. Knowing that they have side-effects... often fairly unknown/untold/unsure side-effects doesn't make me want to take one anytime soon icon_smile.gif


    You'll change your mind


    When your refusal to vaccinate your kids, results in them getting polio


    I'm sorry, kids?

    I'm not AGAINST medicine - i'm against the idea of taking meds to cure a common headache and thankfully i've never gotten to the point of so sick i can't take care of it myself.

    Please don't over assume ? Quite disgusting to think i'd be that stupid, thanks.
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    Jun 17, 2009 10:15 AM GMT
    Zicam ran into some legal trouble back in 2002ish. We're going through this again?

    I cannot believe people use this drug. It's homeopathic, and as such, isn't/wasn't monitored by the FDA. A lot of homeopathic "meds" out there worry me.

    The active ingredient in Zicam is composed almost entirely of Zinc. Of course it works well for some because it halts the cold symptom in the nasal passages (for crying out loud, you're applying Zinc directly on your nasal passages). However, it doesn't cure a cold at all. It doesn't kill the cold virus, it only blankets some of its local effects. The FDA has determined that Zinc at these levels could destroy your sense of smell - it will never return. While the number of cases are small, they continue to rise. Zicam should be removed from store shelves until more studies can be done.

    Note that Zinc gluconate has been known to interfere with the absorption of antibiotics. Please consult your physician if you're taking other meds and are considering to use, or are already ingesting Zinc.

    For those of you into homeopathic drugs, I suggest doing your research before purchasing.

    The upside to all of this is that it's entirely possible that the FDA will now become more involved in monitoring OTC homeopathic drugs. Not that the FDA is perfect, because we all know it isn't, but some homeopathic drug mfctrs, which include a lot of questionable China-based companies, need to be monitored very closely, IMO.
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    Jun 17, 2009 11:36 AM GMT
    I think I might have a headache, but I'm not sure.

    Is there a test out there than can help me figure this out?