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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.

Zicam Side Effects Reported to FDA



Zicam Side Effect Report#9969664
Nasal Congestion, Anosmia
This is a report of a 37-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health 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): Nasal Congestion, Anosmia 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.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9914336
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. After starting Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: AnosmiaAdditional 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.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9914298
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 using Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: AnosmiaAlthough 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.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9913607
Anosmia, Ageusia
This Anosmia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 62-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion.The patient was prescribed Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief (drug dosage: 1 Spray Each Nostril Twice Daily), which was initiated on
Feb 05, 2014. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Metformin
  • Lovastatin
  • Lisinopril
  • Citracal
.After starting to take Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Anosmia, AgeusiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9913603
Ageusia, Anosmia
This is a report of a 57-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,influenza, who was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist (dosage: NA, start time:
Dec 11, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Ageusia, Anosmia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist treatment in male patients, resulting in Ageusia side effect.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9913599
Ageusia, Anosmia
This report suggests a potential Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts Ageusia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 62-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: throat irritation and used Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (dosage: NA) starting
Jan 30, 2014. After starting Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Ageusia, AnosmiaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Ageusia, may still occur.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9913591
Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Hypoaesthesia Oral, Muscle Spasms, Panic Attack, Pharyngeal Oedema
This Musculoskeletal Stiffness problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 35-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: influenza. On
Feb 02, 2014 this consumer started treatment with Zicam Naturals (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Zicam Naturals, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Hypoaesthesia Oral, Muscle Spasms, Panic Attack, Pharyngeal OedemaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Musculoskeletal Stiffness, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9891968
Middle Insomnia, Epistaxis, Blood Pressure Increased, Asthenia, Dizziness
This Middle Insomnia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 70-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion.The patient was prescribed Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel (drug dosage: 1x Daily Every 3-4 Days), which was initiated on
Jan 13, 2014. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Middle Insomnia, Epistaxis, Blood Pressure Increased, Asthenia, DizzinessThese side effects may potentially be related to Zicam Intense Sinus Relief Nasal Gel.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9891920
Hypersensitivity, Blister, Dysphagia
This is a report of a 34-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis, who was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Kit (dosage: NA, start time:
Jan 26, 2014), combined with:
  • Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hypersensitivity, Blister, Dysphagia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Kit treatment in male patients, resulting in Hypersensitivity side effect.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9891005
Dysgeusia, Nausea
This report suggests a potential Zicam Dysgeusia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sneezing,oropharyngeal pain and used Zicam (dosage: Spray 4x In Mouth?every 3 Hrs?by Mouth) starting NS. After starting Zicam the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Dysgeusia, NauseaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Zicam demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Dysgeusia, may still occur.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9888898
Anosmia
This Anosmia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 75-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis. On
Jan 01, 2010 this consumer started treatment with Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: AnosmiaAlthough 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.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9850043
Balance Disorder, Hypertension
This Balance Disorder side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 70-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,influenza.The patient was prescribed Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Balance Disorder, HypertensionThese side effects may potentially be related to Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9819935
Nasal Discomfort, Parosmia, Dysgeusia
This is a report of a 48-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,viral infection, who was treated with Zicam (dosage: NA, start time:
Jan 03, 2014), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Nasal Discomfort, Parosmia, Dysgeusia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Zicam treatment in female patients, resulting in Nasal Discomfort side effect.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9819575
Ageusia, Throat Irritation
This report suggests a potential Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Rapidmelts Ageusia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 75-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: throat irritation and used Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (dosage: 1-2 Daily Orally) starting
Jan 02, 2014. After starting Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Rapidmelts the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Ageusia, Throat IrritationAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Gabapentin
  • Vicodin
  • Amelioride
  • Lorazapam
  • Salt Tablets
Although Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Rapidmelts demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Ageusia, may still occur.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9819574
Ageusia, Anosmia, Influenza
This Ageusia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 40-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasal congestion. On
Dec 25, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief (dosage: 1 Spray Ea Nostril 2x Da). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Ageusia, Anosmia, InfluenzaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Ageusia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9819572
Anosmia
This Anosmia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 64-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,influenza.The patient was prescribed Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel (drug dosage: 4 Swabs Nasally Daily), which was initiated on 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: AnosmiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9804221
Ageusia
This is a report of a 61-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,influenza, who was treated with Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (dosage: 1 Melt Orally Every 4 Hours, start time:
Dec 06, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Ageusia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts treatment in male patients, resulting in Ageusia side effect.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9804208
Glossitis, Ageusia, Diarrhoea
This report suggests a potential Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs Glossitis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: influenza and used Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs (dosage: 1 Gel Swab Into Nose) starting
Dec 26, 2013. After starting Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Glossitis, Ageusia, DiarrhoeaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Zicam Cold Remedy Oral Mist (4 Sprays Orally Every 3 Hours)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Premarin
Although Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Glossitis, may still occur.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9789725
Urticaria, Local Swelling, Pruritus, Anaphylactic Reaction
This Urticaria problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis,influenza. On
Dec 18, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Zicam (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Zicam, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Urticaria, Local Swelling, Pruritus, Anaphylactic ReactionAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Urticaria, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9782993
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 (drug dosage: 1 Tablet ?every 3 Hours), which was initiated on
Dec 21, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Zicam Cold Remedy the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Hypoaesthesia Oral, Oral Mucosal Blistering, Ageusia, AnosmiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Zicam Cold Remedy.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9775549
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 health 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): Movement Disorder, Loss Of Consciousness, Fall, Head Injury, Blood Pressure Decreased, Heart Rate Increased, Myocardial Infarction, Muscle Rigidity, Pain 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.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9775540
Dizziness, Fatigue, Arrhythmia, Blood Copper Decreased, Retinal Haemorrhage, Vision Blurred
This report suggests a potential Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Dizziness 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. After starting Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Dizziness, Fatigue, Arrhythmia, Blood Copper Decreased, Retinal Haemorrhage, Vision BlurredAdditional 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.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9725265
Anosmia, Ageusia
This Anosmia 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 using Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Anosmia, AgeusiaAlthough 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.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9725260
Ageusia
This Ageusia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 75-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis.The patient was prescribed Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts (drug dosage: 1 Rapid Melt Orally Every 3 Hours), which was initiated on
Nov 23, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Diltiazem
  • Tamsulosin
  • Famotidine
  • Atorvastatin
  • Finasteride
  • Zetia
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Niaspan
.After starting to take Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: AgeusiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Zicam Cold Remedy Rapidmelts.
Zicam Side Effect Report#9644718
Hyposmia
This is a report of a 22-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: nasopharyngitis, who was treated with Zicam (dosage: NA, start time:
Oct 01, 2006), combined with:
  • Usana Vitamins
  • ^rest And Sleep^ Supplement
  • Melatonin
  • Benadryl
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hyposmia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Zicam treatment in female patients, resulting in Hyposmia side effect.


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What are common 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

What are common 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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