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how does zicam work?

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Dr. James Sublett
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Failed Smell Test: Zicam (zinc gluconate; matrixx initiatives, inc) was originally introduced as a homeopathic remedy for the common cold. In 2009, the fda ordered zicam's manufacturer, matrixx initiatives of scottsdale, ariz., to stop selling all topical products because it damages users' sense of smell. (lim et a. Zicam-induced damage to mouse and human nasal tissue, plos one. 2009 oct 30;4(10):e7647.).
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
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