The FDA announced today that it is recommending that people stop using all intranasal products made by Zicam that include zinc. They have received over 130 complaints from people who believe they lost their sense of smell after using these products. The FDA recommends that anyone who has any of these products stop using them immediately. They have also sent a letter to Matrixx Initiatives stating that the company cannot market these products without approval and that they do not contain adequate warnings about the risk of the loss of one's sense of smell.
The products included in this warning are:
- Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel (15ml)
- Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs (20 count)
- Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (20 count)
What Should You Do if You Believe You Lost Your Sense of Smell After Using Zicam?
If you believe your sense of smell was affected by using Zicam, you should contact your healthcare professional. You or your healthcare professional should then contact the FDA either online or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
The FDA believes these products are harmful and could potentially cause permanent loss of the sense of smell. They are especially concerned about this problem in children because it may be more difficult for them to effectively tell someone that the problem has occurred.
There has been ongoing debate about the possibility that Zicam may cause a loss of the sense of smell on this website for several years. It now appears that the FDA is taking these complaints seriously.
- Find out more about the FDA warning, including Matrixx's response, from our Guide to US Government Info.
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