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Common Zicam Side Effects


The most commonly reported Zicam side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Anosmia (1910)
Ageusia (1222)
Nasal Discomfort (275)
Hyposmia (239)
Burning Sensation (160)
Hypogeusia (155)
Dysgeusia (151)
Parosmia (137)
Rhinalgia (53)
Product Quality Issue (47)
Pain (45)
Headache (44)
Nasal Congestion (37)
Lacrimation Increased (33)
Sinus Disorder (32)
Epistaxis (30)
Rhinorrhoea (23)
Dyspnoea (21)
Sinusitis (20)
Nausea (18)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

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).
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 found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Nasal Congestion, Anosmia
This is a report of a 37-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis, who was treated with Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief (dosage: 1 Spray Each Nostril Once, start time: Feb 21, 2014), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Anosmia
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief treatment in male patients, resulting in nasal congestion side effect.

Anosmia
This report suggests a potential Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Anosmia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 48-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sinus congestion and used Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief (dosage: Since Its Introduction To Market) starting NS. Soon after starting Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Anosmia
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as anosmia, may still occur.

Anosmia
This Anosmia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 65-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis. On Feb 09, 2014 this consumer started treatment with Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel (dosage: 1-2 Sprays Each Nostril Twice). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Travatan Eye Drops
When commencing Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Anosmia
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as anosmia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Anosmia, Ageusia
This is a report of a 62-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion and was treated with Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief (dosage: 1 Spray Each Nostril Twice Daily) starting Feb 05, 2014. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Metformin
  • Lovastatin
  • Lisinopril
  • Citracal
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Anosmia
  • Ageusia
This opens a possibility that Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief treatment could cause the above reactions, including anosmia, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


Ageusia, Anosmia
A 57-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,influenza started Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist treatment (dosage: NA) on Dec 11, 2013. Soon after starting Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Ageusia
  • Anosmia
Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist.

Ageusia, Anosmia
A 62-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: throat irritation and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts(dosage: NA). The treatment was initiated on Jan 30, 2014. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Ageusia
  • Anosmia
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts efficacy: NA.

Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Hypoaesthesia Oral, Muscle Spasms, Panic Attack, Pharyngeal Oedema
In this report, Zicam Naturals was administered for the following condition: influenza.A 35-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) started Zicam Naturals treatment (dosage: NA) on Feb 02, 2014.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Musculoskeletal Stiffness
  • Hypoaesthesia Oral
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Panic Attack
  • Pharyngeal Oedema
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction: NA.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Zicam Naturals treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Middle Insomnia, Epistaxis, Blood Pressure Increased, Asthenia, Dizziness
This is a report of the following Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel side effect(s):
  • Middle Insomnia
  • Epistaxis
  • Blood Pressure Increased
  • Asthenia
  • Dizziness
A 70-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: nasal congestion and received a treatment with Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel (dosage: 1x Daily Every 3-4 Days) starting: Jan 13, 2014.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions: NA.This report suggests that a Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Hypersensitivity, Blister, Dysphagia
This Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Kit report was submitted by a 34-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: nasopharyngitis and Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Kit was administered (dosage: NA) starting: Jan 26, 2014. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Blister
  • Dysphagia
Other drugs used simultaneously:
  • Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist
Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Kit treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Dysgeusia, Nausea
This is a report of a possible correlation between Zicam use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Dysgeusia
  • Nausea
which could contribute to an assessment of Zicam risk profile.A 64-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) was suffering from sneezing,oropharyngeal pain and was treated with Zicam (dosage: Spray 4x In Mouth?every 3 Hrs?by Mouth) starting NS.Other concurrent medications: NA.

Anosmia
A 75-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: nasopharyngitis and after a treatment with Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Anosmia
The treatment was started on Jan 01, 2010. Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs was used in combination with the following drugs: NA.This report could alert potential Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs consumers.

Balance Disorder, Hypertension
In this report, a 70-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts side effect.The patient was diagnosed with nasopharyngitis,influenza. After a treatment with Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (dosage: NA, start date: NS), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Balance Disorder
  • Hypertension
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction: NA.The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts treatment.

Nasal Discomfort, Parosmia, Dysgeusia
This is a report of a 48-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA), who used Zicam (dosage: NA) for a treatment of nasopharyngitis,viral infection. After starting a treatment on Jan 03, 2014, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Nasal Discomfort
  • Parosmia
  • Dysgeusia
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Zicam treatment NA.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Zicam treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Nasal Discomfort, Parosmia, Dysgeusia.

Ageusia, Throat Irritation
This ageusia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 75-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: throat irritation. The patient was prescribed Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (dosage: 1-2 Daily Orally), which was started on Jan 02, 2014. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Gabapentin
  • Vicodin
  • Amelioride
  • Lorazapam
  • Salt Tablets
When starting to take Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Rapidmelts the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Ageusia
  • Throat Irritation
These side effects may potentially be related to Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Rapidmelts.

Ageusia, Anosmia, Influenza
This is a Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief side effect report of a 40-year-old female patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion, who was treated with Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief (dosage:1 Spray Ea Nostril 2x Da, start time: Dec 25, 2013), combined with: NA., and developed a serious reaction and a ageusia side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Ageusia
  • Anosmia
  • Influenza
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief treatment in female patients suffering from nasal congestion, resulting in ageusia.

Anosmia
This report suggests a potential Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel anosmia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old female patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): nasopharyngitis,influenza and used Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel (dosage: 4 Swabs Nasally Daily) starting 2009. Soon after starting Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Anosmia
Drugs used concurrently:NA. Although Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as anosmia, may still occur.

Ageusia
This ageusia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 61-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): nasopharyngitis,influenza.On Dec 06, 2013 a consumer started treatment with Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (dosage: 1 Melt Orally Every 4 Hours). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Ageusia
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as ageusia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Glossitis, Ageusia, Diarrhoea
This is a Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs side effect report of a 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: influenza and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs (dosage: 1 Gel Swab Into Nose) starting Dec 26, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist (4 Sprays Orally Every 3 Hours)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Premarin
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Glossitis
  • Ageusia
  • Diarrhoea
This opens a possibility that Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs could cause glossitis and that some female patients may be more susceptible.

Urticaria, Local Swelling, Pruritus, Anaphylactic Reaction
A 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: nasopharyngitis,influenza started Zicam treatment (dosage: NA) on Dec 18, 2013. Soon after starting Zicam treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Urticaria
  • Local Swelling
  • Pruritus
  • Anaphylactic Reaction
. Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Zicam side effects, such as urticaria.

Hypoaesthesia Oral, Oral Mucosal Blistering, Ageusia, Anosmia
This hypoaesthesia oral side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 59-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,rhinorrhoea.The patient was prescribed Zicam Cold Remedy (dosage: 1 Tablet ?every 3 Hours), which was started on Dec 21, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..When starting to take Zicam Cold Remedy the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Hypoaesthesia Oral
  • Oral Mucosal Blistering
  • Ageusia
  • Anosmia
These side effects may potentially be related to Zicam Cold Remedy.

Movement Disorder, Loss Of Consciousness, Fall, Head Injury, Blood Pressure Decreased, Heart Rate Increased, Myocardial Infarction, Muscle Rigidity, Pain
This is a report of a 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis, who was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist (dosage: Sprayed Orally Every 3 Hours, start time: Dec 01, 2013), combined with:
  • Synthroid
  • Lantus
  • Humalog
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Movement Disorder
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Fall
  • Head Injury
  • Blood Pressure Decreased
  • Heart Rate Increased
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Muscle Rigidity
  • Pain
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist treatment in female patients, resulting in movement disorder side effect. The patient was hospitalized.

Dizziness, Fatigue, Arrhythmia, Blood Copper Decreased, Retinal Haemorrhage, Vision Blurred
This report suggests a potential Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Dizziness, Fatigue, Arrhythmia, Blood Copper Decreased, Retinal Haemorrhage, Vision Blurred side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 62-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion and used Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief (dosage: 1 Spray Into Each Nostril Nightly) starting 200612. Soon after starting Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Arrhythmia
  • Blood Copper Decreased
  • Retinal Haemorrhage
  • Vision Blurred
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as dizziness, may still occur.

Anosmia, Ageusia
This Anosmia, Ageusia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 45-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion. On Nov 21, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief (dosage: 2 Sprays Into Each Nostril). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Benadryl
When commencing Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Anosmia
  • Ageusia
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as anosmia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Ageusia
This is a report of a 75-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis and was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (dosage: 1 Rapid Melt Orally Every 3 Hours) starting Nov 23, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Diltiazem
  • Tamsulosin
  • Famotidine
  • Atorvastatin
  • Finasteride
  • Zetia
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Niaspan
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Ageusia
This opens a possibility that Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts treatment could cause the above reactions, including ageusia, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.

Hyposmia
A 22-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis started Zicam treatment (dosage: NA) on Oct 01, 2006. Soon after starting Zicam treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Hyposmia
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Usana Vitamins
  • ^rest And Sleep^ Supplement
  • Melatonin
  • Benadryl
This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Zicam.

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Top 10 Zicam Side Effects for Women

Women Side EffectsReports
Anosmia 1155
Ageusia 760
Nasal Discomfort 169
Hyposmia 147
Hypogeusia 102
Burning Sensation 100
Dysgeusia 100
Parosmia 88
Pain 32
Rhinalgia 30

Top 10 Zicam Side Effects for Men

Men Side EffectsReports
Anosmia 749
Ageusia 457
Nasal Discomfort 106
Hyposmia 91
Burning Sensation 60
Hypogeusia 53
Dysgeusia 49
Parosmia 49
Product Quality Issue 23
Rhinalgia 23

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    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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