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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 ?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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