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How Much Zinc Is Present In Zicam Cold Remedy
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
Maybe but ...: When you take zinc tablets/syrup for a cold, you may be sick for a shorter period of time and your cold symptoms may not be so severe. Sounds good, right? Only problem - side effects. Some folks hate the taste. Other folks get sick stomachs from it. Don't use the zinc nasal spray, which can cause permanent loss of smell. ::passes you the chicken soup and kleenex::. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find cause: I'm going to assume that you were tested by a reputable lab; there are fake "nutrition labs." d3 deficiency is common due to diet and lack of sun exposure. If you are vitamin a and zinc deficient on a reasonably normal non-vegetarian diet, you may have malabsorption. If you are B12 deficient non-vegan, you are likely to be seriously sick & need a proper workup. Get with a dr you rightly trust. ...Read more
1-2mg/Kg: 1-2mg/kg per day are used to treat zinc deficiency. The best way to prevent zinc deficiency is eating a healthy diet. Meat, chicken, nuts and lentils are rich in zinc. Most breakfast cereals are also fortified with zinc. For treating a cold follow the directions on the zinc lozenge package. ...Read more
I just took a claritin about 6 hours ago and just took a zyrtec is that okay? Also Im not sure if I have a cold or allergies, I think its both :(. Ive been using the zicam hopefully it will make it go away. What do u suggest? thank u so much
See your doctor: Or an allergist, seems your symptoms need more control and OTC drugs aren't working. No harm of combining claritin and zyrtec 6 hours apart, but don't repeat without doctor's advice. Zicam is controversial and the FDA issued a warning about using the product and there was a recall. Check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more
Yes: Technically, it does - a recent review of zinc has shown it to be effective in shortening the common cold, but its use was limited by intolerable side effects. Given the common cold will resolve in a few days no matter what you do, trying zinc and risking the side effects might just not be worth it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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