Zicam Side Effects and Symptoms


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Hundreds of consumers across the United States have suffered a loss of their sense of smell due to the use of the drug Zicam, manufactured by Matrixx Initiatives. The company has recalled all of their products that deal with Cold Remedy Nasal usage by the consumer because they have been found to cause a loss of sense of smell. Matrixx Initiatives had to settle 340 cases regarding consumers losing their sense of smell back in January of 2006. It cost Matrixx Initiatives $12 million in legal fees and $12 million in settlement payments because of the drug Zicam’s side effects. Zicam has been in production since 1999, with the company selling over 10 million bottles of all variations of the product. The Food and Drug Administration released a warning about the Cold Remedy Nasal products in June of 2009 and it was followed by a voluntary recall by the company of all nasal products with the Zicam label attached to them.

Reasons for the Lawsuit

In 2006, 340 consumers affected by the use of Zicam filed a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer, Matrixx Initiatives. Only one case prior to the 340-person lawsuit actually went to trial and it involved a 42-year-old Los Angeles computer consultant. The reasons for filing a lawsuit against Zicam and its manufacturer include the following:

  • A loss of the senses of taste and smell which are typically irreversible
  • The drug can be purchased without a prescription
  • The medication is supposed to shorten the length of a common cold but it causes severe side effects

Dangers Caused to the Victim

The drug Zicam and all of its various products are not regulated or subject to the same scrutiny as other drugs because Zicam is sold over the counter and does not need a prescription to be purchased. The dangerous side effects that consumers suffer from include a permanent loss of the senses of smell and taste. Sometimes it is just taste and sometimes it is just the sense of smell that the consumer looses when using Zicam. Some cases involve consumers losing both of their senses at the same time. Consumers can lose their sense of smell or taste after one use or after a prolonged use of the drug. These are the main dangers caused to the victims of the drug Zicam.

Symptoms of Zicam

The symptoms of using Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal products are numerous and some are more severe than others are. The symptoms of using Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal products include the following:

  • Loss of Smell
  • Potentially Permanent Loss of Smell
  • Ear, nose, or throat sensitivity
  • Susceptible to nose bleeds
  • Temporary discomfort such as burning, stinging, sneezing or increased nasal discharge
  • Sniffing up the gel into the nose can cause irritation
  • Having the product come into contact with the eyes can cause irritation
  • Do not share the use of one container with another person because this might spread infection
  • Children using the product should have their parents consult a doctor prior to use

Harmed by Zicam? Get Help Now

Zicam has been marketed widely, without FDA approval, as a cure for colds and stuffed nasal passages. Due to it's being sold without proper testing, many consumers are suffering damage to their sense of smell and other problems. Contact a lawyer if you've been affected by this recall. You may be eligible to receive compensation.

The Consequences of the Drug Zicam

The consequences of the drug Zicam include the aforementioned loss of the taste and smell senses either together or individually. Patients using Zicam should discontinue the use of the drugs dealing with Cold Remedy through the Nasal passages and seek medical help immediately. A doctor will be able to properly examine and diagnose any condition that a patient might be suffering from as a result of using the drug Zicam. The doctor will also be able to determine whether or not an attorney will be able to build a case medically against the company.

Get Legal Help

Once the medical examination has been completed, the patient should seek legal help to begin building a case against Matrixx Initiatives regarding their drug Zicam.

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