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How does Zicam work?

How does Zicam work?

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.). ...Read more

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Will Zicam work for common colds, will it cut the cold down in half.?

Will Zicam work for common colds, will it cut the cold down in half.?

Zinc it up: Yes, if you take zinc tablets/lozenges within the 1st day of cold symptoms, you can cut down how bad and how long you have a cold. Most common side effects: not everyone likes the taste and some folks may feel sick in their stomach. Don't use the zinc nose spray. That can cause permanent loss of smell. Feel better. ::passes you the chicken soup & kleenex::. ...Read more

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Does ziccam really work or is it the placebo affect?

Does ziccam really work or is it the placebo affect?

Save your money: Your cold will last seven days with or without zicam. Save your money. ...Read more

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I took Zicam Rapidmelts for 3 days o shorten a cold as directed and am now experiencing loss of smell/taste. Is this permanent? I've heard that it is.

I took Zicam Rapidmelts for 3 days o shorten a cold as directed and am now experiencing loss of smell/taste. Is this permanent? I've heard that it is.

Its an uncommon: But disturbing side effect of Zinc and it is even more uncommon for it to be permanent...HOWEVER do NOT use it again! Time will "tell" be patient!

Hope this helps
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How effective are Zicam and airborne?

OTC medications: Over-the-counter medications appear to be helpful for some individuals. Unfortunately, some otc medications have never been proven to be effective in controlled studies. Beware of medications that do not site published studies, but rely only on testamonials. Even in controlled drug studies, it is not uncommon for up to 40% of those in the placebo group (untreated) to experience symptom relief. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't I eat after taking Zicam pills?

Zicam: Visit www. Zicam. Com for questions concerning this medication. Most doctors know very little about otc medications and reliable clinical studies are often lacking to support a physician's recommendation for use. ...Read more

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How many days does Zicam stay in your body for?

How many days does Zicam stay in your body for?

Zicam: Clinical studies are not avaiable to answer your question. Consumer support can be reached at www. Zicam. Com. ...Read more

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What are zicam's active ingredients?

What are zicam's active ingredients?

Zinc: The only biologically active ingredients present in Zicam cold remedy are slightly diluted zinc acetate (2x = 1/100 dilution) and zinc gluconate (1x = 1/10 dilution). ...Read more

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Can you take Zicam while an warfarin?

Can you take Zicam while an warfarin?

Yes: I checked it, and I do not see any interactions reported between Zicam and warfarin. But I am wondering what you are taking warfarin for? As you know there are many drugs that interact with warfarin, so that you are doing right thing by asking the question before you trake any new medicine. My recommendation in the future would be to ask the question to the doctor who prescribed the medicine. ...Read more

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How much zinc is present in Zicam cold remedy?

How much zinc is present in Zicam cold remedy?

Zycam: There are two different forms of zinc that are typically included in zycam. The amount someone receives depends upon the duration and frequency of use. ...Read more

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Can I take Zicam on methergine (methylergonovine)?

Can I take Zicam on methergine (methylergonovine)?

Discuss: With prescribing provider. Drug interaction checker shows potential for moderate interaction with methylergonovine & oxymetazoline nasall. There is potential for drops in blood pressure. ...Read more

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What's the proper way to use the spray form of zicam?

What's the proper way to use the spray form of zicam?

DIrections: Really should follow the directions that come with the medication. Http://www. Zicam. Com/. ...Read more

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How are you supposed to use Zicam cold remedy gel swabs?

How are you supposed to use Zicam cold remedy gel swabs?

Don't use at all!: The fda has reported cases of anosmia (loss of sense of smell) with the use of zicam.
So I would recommend not using them at all. ...Read more

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Can I take Zicam while taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 10? I can't find info anywhere.

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Can I take Zicam while taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 10? I can't find info anywhere.

Zicam spray: No adverse interactions are reported with Lexapro (escitalopram). Let your doctor know of all & any medications you are taking. ...Read more

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How long can I safely use Zicam allergy relief for?

How long can I safely use Zicam allergy relief for?

Change meds: There are much better medicine than zicam. I recommend changing Zicam to Allegra (fexofenadine) 180 mg once daily for allergy relief. Allegra (fexofenadine) does not cause drowsiness. If you are pregnant do not take Allegra (fexofenadine) and use zyrtec instead. ...Read more

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How long can I use Zicam allergy relief? What's in Zicam anyway?

How long can I use Zicam allergy relief? What's in Zicam anyway?

Not Much: Zicam allergy relief nasal spray contains several unproven homeopathic substances which supposedly get stronger the more they are diluted. You're just rinsing out your nose with really expensive water. ...Read more

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How much Zicam daytime multi-symptom cold and flu do adults usually take?

How much Zicam daytime multi-symptom cold and flu do adults usually take?

2 tbsp every 4 hours: The directions indicate 2 tablespoons every 4 hours, but do not exceed 12 tablespoons in a 24 hour period. This product contains acetaminophen, so I would recommend you do not take more than 8 tablespoons in a 24 hour period. ...Read more

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Can you take Zicam and triaminic thin strips together? I have a cold and I've been taking Zicam regularly, I would like to take a triaminic thin strip. Will this cause any reaction or any side effects?

Can you take Zicam and triaminic thin strips together? I have a cold and I've been taking Zicam regularly, I would like to take a triaminic thin strip. Will this cause any reaction or any side effects?

According: According to drugs. Com, there are no interactions listed for these two medications. However, I would not recommend the use of Zicam nasal gel for a cold. It has been implicated in causing the loss of the sense of smell and the fda pulled it from store shelves in 2009. ...Read more

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I keep getting rashes on my body from zicam, does this mean I have an allergy?

I keep getting rashes on my body from zicam, does this mean I have an allergy?

Probably: If the rash itches, then it would more likely be from allergy. Why use Zicam? It has really not been proven to be effective for anything ...Read more

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Can hubby take Zicam cold remedy plus without it affecting his blood pressure?

Can hubby take Zicam cold remedy plus without it affecting his blood pressure?

Won't do anything: Zicam shouldn't cause an effect on blood pressure, but probably wouldn't have an effect on his cold either. Their claims are questionable for this homeopathic product with a very dilute content of zinc. ...Read more

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Can I just take inexpensive zinc tablets to ward off a cold instead of the more expensive Zicam or cold-eeze?

Can I just take inexpensive zinc tablets to ward off a cold instead of the more expensive Zicam or cold-eeze?

Yes: None of them have actually been shown to ward off colds. Getting lots of rest and fluids is more likely to help than any over-the-counter remedies. ...Read more

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I've been using Zicam severe congestion and now am afraid may have become addicted to it... How can I stop using and still be able to breathe. Please?

I've been using Zicam severe congestion and now am afraid may have become addicted to it... How can I stop using and still be able to breathe. Please?

OTC colds: This product contains zinc gluconate. It is of unproven benefit for colds, and should not be relieving congestion, although anything is possible in a given individual. This should in no way produce addiction, nor has addictive potential been complained of. You should be able to discontinue this without a problem. Try using a netti-pot or a nasal spray to relieve congestion. ...Read more

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How many milligrams of dextromethorphan are there in Zicam cough max total?

How many milligrams of dextromethorphan are there in Zicam cough max total?

None: None of the currently available Zicam products described on their corporate website lists dextromethorphan as an ingredient. You can check at www. Zicam. Com. ...Read more

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I'm on sprintec 28 birth control, but I also think I may be catching cold. Will zicam decrease the effectiveness of my sprintec?

I'm on sprintec 28 birth control, but I also think I may be catching cold. Will zicam decrease the effectiveness of my sprintec?

Nobody truly knows: Nobody truly knows whether or not there are good or bad effects of Zicam on birth control pills, because Zicam is not an FDA approved medication. It's an over-the-counter item sold with claims of decreasing cold symptoms. Haven't heard of reports of problem interactions between the two items, but there probably aren't any studies on the issue. ...Read more