The use of nasal gel and spray versions of the cold remedy Zicam can cause long-lasting or permanent loss of smell, leading the FDA to warn the manufacturer that they are no longer permitted to sell certain products in the United States until they provide data establishing that they are safe and effective. The Zicam recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals who have lost their sense of smell or taste after using the over-the-counter cold remedy.

>>INFORMATION: Zicam Recall Lawsuits

A Zicam recall was issued after the FDA warned consumers not to use the following products:

  • Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel
  • Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs
  • Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (Previously Discontinued)

The FDA said that it has received at least 130 reports of users losing there sense of smell as a side effect of Zicam. In some cases these Zicam problems surfaced after only one use, and could leave users with a permanent disability.

Although the FDA never approved Zicam because it is classified as a homeopathic product, these safety issues now require the manufacturer to go through a formal review process before they will be permitted to market Zicam again.

Given the minimal benefits of the product, which is used to reduce the severity of a self-resolving condition like the common cold, it seems unlikely that the FDA would approve the cold remedy.

The confirmed reports only represent a small number of actual problems experienced by Zicam users. It is generally accepted with prescription medications that reported adverse effects typically only represent between 1% and 10% of all occurrences. However, with an over-the-counter product like Zicam, which is not used under a doctor’s direction, the 130 reports likely only represent a fraction of 1% of the number of users who experienced Zicam smell problems.


Matrixx Initiatives, the manufacturer of Zicam, was aware of the reported problems were users suffered loss of smell or taste after using their product, but they failed to take steps to protect consumers or adequately warn about this potential side effect.

The attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims throughout the United States for individuals who have suffered permanent and severe loss of smell or taste, to determine if financial compensation may be available through a Zicam lawsuit. To review a potential case, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.