Photo from Zicam
Stop using this product!
Last week, the FDA reported that the popular over-the-counter drug Zicam could cause permanent damage to your sense of smell and warned Matrixx, the company that makes it to stop selling it.
The homeopathic cold medicine contains zinc, an ingredient which scientists say can cause severe damage to nerves in the nose. The FDA has been notified of one hundred cases in which people have lost their ability to smell as a result of using the product.
Matrixx has now decided to conduct a voluntary recall of the drug.
The company says, "Based on the recent FDA warning, we suggest you discard any Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel or Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs you have purchased. We are conducting a voluntary withdrawal of these two products from the market.
You can either dispose of these two nasal Cold Remedy products, or return them to Zicam for a complete refund, or exchange them through Zicam for one of our Cold Remedy oral products."
If you have more questions about the FDA's warning about Zicam, take a look at the FAQs on the company's site.
If you think you've suffered any ill effects from using Zicam, call your health care provider immediately. The FDA also asks that you report all cases of anosmia (the loss of sense of smell), to the FDA’s MedWatch program. You can contact MedWatch by calling 800-FDA-1088, or visiting the MedWatch web site.
Have you ever used Zicam? Do you think your sense of smell has been affected?