The FDA has warned consumers to stop using three Zicam products which have been linked to a loss of smell, also known as anosmia. The FDA released the warning after receiving more than 130 reports of loss of smell in Zicam users. While some Zicam users experienced anosmia after multiple uses, others experienced this Zicam side effect after the first dose.
The FDA advisory applies to the Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size. If you or a loved one experienced loss of smell after using any of these Zicam products, fill out our free case review to hear from a Zicam attorney today.
Zicam is a popular over-the-counter nasal gel used to relieve symptoms of the common cold. The cold remedy is applied by a nasal spray or swab, placing zinc gluconate directly into the nose. While zinc can reduce the duration and severity of the common cold, large amounts of zinc into one part of the nose can lead to a loss of smell. Unfortunately, anosmia cannot be reversed.
Zicam users with anosmia have experienced damage to the olfactory nerve, which also affects the ability to enjoy food, leading to poor nutrition. Loss of smell can also increase the risk of injury to Zicam users. For instance, individuals with an impaired sense of smell may be injured from gas leaks, cooking accidents or spoiled food.
If you or a loved one has experienced loss of smell or taste after using Zicam, you may be eligible for compensation. Fill out our free case review form today to speak with a Zicam lawyer.