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Report Zicam Side Effects

If you experienced any harmful or unwanted effects of Zicam, please share your experience. This could help to raise awareness about Zicam side effects, identify uknown risks and inform health professionals and patients taking Zicam.

Examples: headache, dizziness


The most commonly reported Zicam side effects are:
Metallic Taste At Times (69 reports)
Rash (51 reports)
Taste (44 reports)
Insomnia (44 reports)
Loss Of Sense Of Smell (43 reports)
Anxiety (38 reports)
Nausea (31 reports)
Diarrhea (23 reports)
Loss Of Sense Of Smell, Metallic Taste At Times (16 reports)

If you have experienced a side effect listed above, you can check a box to report it.


To view a complete list of submitted side effects, please follow the link Zicam side effects . You can also compare Zicam side effects or view FDA reports.

Zicam Side Effects reported to FDA

The following Zicam reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
The FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Zicam on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has identified a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

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Ageusia
on Sep 25, 2013 Female from US , 61 years of age, weighting 102.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam dosage: N/A.

Anosmia, Ageusia
Patient was taking Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief. Patient felt the following Zicam side effects: anosmia, ageusia on Sep 10, 2013 from US Additional patient health information: Male , 70 years of age, weighting 242.0 lb, . Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief dosage: 1 Spray Nasally Every 3-4 Hours.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Bactrim
  • Insulin
  • Advair
  • Albuteral
  • Levoxyl


Ageusia
Adverse event was reported on Sep 10, 2013 by a Male taking Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist (Dosage: N/A) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 33 years of age, weighting 185.0 lb, After Zicam was administered, patient encountered several Zicam side effects: ageusia.

Ageusia, Nasal Congestion, Condition Aggravated
on Sep 03, 2013 Male from US , 35 years of age, weighting 185.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: ageusia, nasal congestion, condition aggravated. Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist dosage: Oral Spray Three Times Daily.


Convulsion, Fall, Head Injury, Loss Of Consciousness, Memory Impairment, Headache, Tinnitus, Asthenia, Vomiting
on Sep 07, 2012 Female from US , 21 years of age, weighting 130.0 lb, was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts. Patient felt the following Zicam side effects: convulsion, fall, head injury, loss of consciousness, memory impairment, headache, tinnitus, asthenia, vomiting. Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts dosage: X2, X1.

Ageusia
Patient was taking Zicam. After Zicam was administered, patient encountered several Zicam side effects: ageusia on Aug 05, 2013 from US Additional patient health information: Male , 78 years of age, weighting 175.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Zicam dosage: 1 Packet Orally Daily, 2 Days.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Hyzaar
  • Zocor
  • Dilantin
  • Pepcid
  • Tranxene


Ageusia
Adverse event was reported on Jul 22, 2013 by a Male taking Zicam (Dosage: 1 Rapidmelt Orally 3 Times Daily) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 41 years of age, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: ageusia.

Ageusia
on May 20, 2013 Male from US , 77 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist. Patient felt the following Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist dosage: Sprayed Orally X3.

Ageusia, Anosmia, No Therapeutic Response
on May 20, 2013 Female from US , 65 years of age, weighting 250.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts. After Zicam was administered, patient encountered several Zicam side effects: ageusia, anosmia, no therapeutic response. Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts dosage: 1 Rapidmelt Every 3-4 Hours.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:

Ageusia, Glossodynia
Patient was taking Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: ageusia, glossodynia on May 20, 2013 from US Additional patient health information: Female , 64 years of age, was diagnosed with and. Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts dosage: 1 Rapidmelts Every 3-4 Hours.

Anosmia, Dysgeusia, Ageusia
Adverse event was reported on May 20, 2013 by a Male taking Zicam (Dosage: 1-2 Sprays In Each Nostril/1dose) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 51 years of age, Patient felt the following Zicam side effects: anosmia, dysgeusia, ageusia.
Multiple prescriptions taken:

Ageusia
on Jul 12, 2013 Male from US , 38 years of age, weighting 120.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy. After Zicam was administered, patient encountered several Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam Cold Remedy dosage: N/A.

Ageusia
on Jul 12, 2013 Male from US , 72 years of age, weighting 198.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist dosage: N/A.

Anosmia, Ageusia, Application Site Reaction, Tongue Disorder
Patient was taking Zicam. Patient felt the following Zicam side effects: anosmia, ageusia, application site reaction, tongue disorder on Jun 19, 2013 from US Additional patient health information: Male , 41 years of age, weighting 195.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Zicam dosage: 1 Talet 1 Freq Po.

Anosmia, Dysgeusia
Adverse event was reported on Jun 11, 2013 by a Male taking Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (Dosage: N/A) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 66 years of age, weighting 180.0 lb, After Zicam was administered, patient encountered several Zicam side effects: anosmia, dysgeusia.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:

Ageusia
on Jun 11, 2013 Female from US , 59 years of age, weighting 156.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist dosage: Sprayed Orally 3 Times Daily.
Associated medications used:

Ageusia
on Jun 11, 2013 Female from US , 57 years of age, weighting 132.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist. Patient felt the following Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist dosage: Sprayed Oral;ly 2-3 Times Daily.
Multiple prescriptions taken:

Ageusia, Ill-defined Disorder
Patient was taking Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Lozenges. After Zicam was administered, patient encountered several Zicam side effects: ageusia, ill-defined disorder on Jun 03, 2013 from US Additional patient health information: Female , 74 years of age, weighting 170.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Lozenges dosage: N/A.

Ageusia, Anosmia
Adverse event was reported on Feb 11, 2013 by a Female taking Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist (Dosage: Inserted) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 33 years of age, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: ageusia, anosmia.

Sinus Disorder, Condition Aggravated, Anosmia
on Feb 11, 2013 Male from US , 70 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief. Patient felt the following Zicam side effects: sinus disorder, condition aggravated, anosmia. Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief dosage: Inserted Nasally Twice Weekly.

Ageusia
on Dec 04, 2012 Female from US , 35 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist. After Zicam was administered, patient encountered several Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist dosage: X 2..

Feeling Abnormal, Dysgeusia, Anosmia
Patient was taking Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: feeling abnormal, dysgeusia, anosmia on Dec 04, 2012 from US Additional patient health information: Female , 78 years of age, weighting 168.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Zicam Cold Remedy Plus Oral Mist dosage: N/A.

Ageusia
Adverse event was reported on Feb 11, 2013 by a Male taking Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (Dosage: 3 Tabs Daily) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 82 years of age, Patient felt the following Zicam side effects: ageusia.

Ageusia
on May 20, 2013 Female from US , 25 years of age, weighting 108.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist. After Zicam was administered, patient encountered several Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist dosage: 4-5 Sprays Orally Every 3 Hours.

Ageusia
on May 20, 2013 Male from US , 63 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Zicam side effects: ageusia. Zicam Cold Remedy dosage: 1 Chewable Every 3 Hours 4-5 Days.

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Most drugs have a large list of nonsevere or mild adverse effects which do not rule out continued usage. These effects depend on individual sensitivity, and can include nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, malaise, vomiting, headache, dermatitis, dry mouth, etc. Check commonly reported side effects . These can be considered a form of pseudo-allergic reaction, as not all users experience these effects; many users experience none at all.

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Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

Alternative ZICAM Names:ACETAMINO DEXTROMET GALPHIMIA MENTHA PI OXYMETAZO ZINC ACET ZINC GLUC

Active Ingredient: ACETAMINO DEXTROMET ECHINACEA GALPHIMIA MENTHA PI OXYMETAZO ZINC ACET ZINC GLUC

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Side Effects reported to FDA: 2563

Zicam safety alerts: 2012 2009

Reported hospitalizations: 8

Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Nasal Gel: Recall - Contamination With Burkholderia Cepacia

 

[Posted 12/19/2012]

AUDIENCE: Consumer

ISSUE: Matrixx Initiatives notified the public of a recall of one lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel. Burkholderia cepacia was found in a single sample of the product taken from the affected lot. The problem was detected during a routine review at the manufacturing facility. Tests on additional samples from the same lot have shown no evidence of the organism.

Burkholderia cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy individuals. However, Burkholderia cepacia in a nasal spray could cause upper airway colonization and secondarily lead to respiratory infections in individuals with a compromised immune system or those with chronic lung conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. The organism is resistant to many antibiotics and may be difficult to eradicate in this sensitive population if an infection occurs.

The affected lot is 2J23, Expiration 09/15.

BACKGROUND: The product is a non-drip liquid nasal gel used as a nasal decongestant and is packaged in a 0.5 oz. spray bottle contained in an outer carton, bearing NDC number 62750-005-10. The product was distributed to retailers nationwide throughout the United States.

RECOMMENDATION: Matrixx is notifying its distributors and retail customers by FEDEX letter and by phone and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers that have the affected lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel should stop using the product and contact Matrixx. See the Press Release for additional information. 

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

 

[12/18/2012 - Press Release - Matrixx Initiatives]

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