Zicam Nasal Products Linked with Loss of Smell

The FDA has reported serious problems with three Zicam Nasal Gel/Nasal Swab products sold over-the-counter as cold remedies.  

The Agency has received more than 130 reports of loss of sense of smell associated with the use of these products.  In these reports, many people who experienced a loss of smell said the condition occurred with the first dose; others reported a loss of the sense of smell after multiple uses of the products.

The loss of sense of smell may be long-lasting or permanent, according to the FDA, and can adversely affect a person’s quality of life.  The loss of ability to smell can also limit the ability to detect the smell of gas or smoke or other signs of danger in the environment.

Anyone using one of these products should discontinue use immediately. People who have experienced a loss of sense of smell or other problems after use of the affected Zicam products should contact their health care professional.

Source: FDA, MedWatch 2009 Safety Summary for Zicam 

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