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    Default Throw out that Zicam!

    According to the news, the FDA is forcing the sales of the product to be halted due to a side effect- anosmia, which can be permanent

    http://www.latimes.com/news/science/...,2685826.story

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/0...loss-of-smell/

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...1ETmgD98SK27G0

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    Default Re: Throw out that Zicam!

    There is another thread on this here:

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=230510

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    Default Re: Throw out that Zicam!

    Which was actually first posted here: http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=230542

    Nevertheless, this is important (probably moreso to this community than elsewhere) and i'm glad to see it's spreading fast.
    Last edited by DocmanCC; 18th June 2009 at 01:12 AM.

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    Default Re: Throw out that Zicam!

    This only concerns the Zicam that is sprayed or swabbed directly in the nose. My GF actually lost her sense of smell for about 3 months using it.

    Zicam also makes a throat spray and lozenges with no danger of loss of smell.

    And I SWEAR by Zicam! My colds never last more than 3 days when I use it.

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    Default Re: Throw out that Zicam!

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Moon View Post
    This only concerns the Zicam that is sprayed or swabbed directly in the nose. My GF actually lost her sense of smell for about 3 months using it.

    Zicam also makes a throat spray and lozenges with no danger of loss of smell.

    And I SWEAR by Zicam! My colds never last more than 3 days when I use it.
    There are lots of zinc based lozenge products for colds. I too find them to be helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    There are lots of zinc based lozenge products for colds. I too find them to be helpful
    Very true.

    Actually I've been using the CVS brand at 30% less. Equally effective.

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    Default Re: Throw out that Zicam!

    Stuigi rang the warning bell about the dangers of Zicam in early 2006 in post #3 in this thread:



    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ighlight=zicam
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    Default Re: Throw out that Zicam!

    The tablets are amazing though, greatly reduces the intensity and duration of a cold, I will try out the CVS one next time since its cheaper.

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    Default Re: Throw out that Zicam!

    I experienced temporary anosmia (a couple of days) from taking Mucinex. I won't be doing that again!

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    Default Re: Throw out that Zicam!

    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    There are lots of zinc based lozenge products for colds. I too find them to be helpful
    Yep, I use Cold-eeze and tons of orange juice.
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