Some of the Zicam products came under severe scrutiny when numerous reports revealed
that the recipients of these drugs started suffering from loss of sense to smell
otherwise known as Anosmia. Research proved that it was caused due to the presence
of Zinc gluconote, in the drugs, as an active ingredient. On June 16, 2009, FDA warned
the consumers not to use three of the Zicam Intranasal Zinc-containing products namely:
Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel
Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs
Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size
Following FDA warning, these products were recalled from the market. But the Allergy
Relief (Gel Swabs) remained in the market as these were not affected by the warning.
Three weeks after the recall, some of the concerned viewers prompted a News Channel
11 investigation. Viewers alleged that the recalled products were still present and
being sold in the market. The investigation concluded that these products were actually
Allergy Relief Gel Swabs which looked identical to the recalled drugs, therefore
"causing some confusion” among the people. The Drug Authority said that the present
products were suitable to use.
A study has shown that 109 reports of "adverse events" have been unearthed from 11/01/1997
to 08/27/2012 and Zicam Allergy Relief has been the primary suspect drug in all these
cases. It is said that these incidents, questionably, instigated by the said product
have caused Anosmia, Ageusia (loss of taste) and Dysgeusia (distortion of the sense
of taste) among the consumers.
People who have used this product found it extremely useful and soothing especially
with sinus allergies. Consumers claim that after using it, they found it easy to
breathe; it was relatively inexpensive and has no side effects. The users have stated
that, unlike other such drugs, these gel swabs provide an immediate and a "Non-Drowsy
relief". Even though most of the users found the product helpful, some of them heavily
panned the product declaring it inexpedient. A few even went on to criticize the
company of Placebo, saying that these products were fake and medically ineffective;
the only thing they felt was the moist from the swabs and they had to take allergy
pills along with it too.
In the main, this product has been well received by the users and the criticism came
largely due to the previous track record of the company for the use of Zinc in the
drugs which is used to condense the common cold, therefore strongly censured by the
Zicam Allergy Relief (Gel Swabs) is a homeopathic medicine for the temporary relief
of the symptoms of hay fever and other upper respiratory allergies such as sinus
pressure, runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, watery eyes and nasal congestion . It
is produced and marketed by Zicam, LLC; a subsidiary of Matrix Initiatives, Inc.