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FDA says Zicam nasal spray can cause loss of smell
AP/Yahoo News ^ | 6/16/09

Posted on 06/16/2009 9:48:23 AM PDT by Kartographer

The FDA says consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products immediately. All the over-the-counter products contain zinc. Scientists say that ingredient may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell.

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Glad I didn't use it enough to prevent me from smelling what Zero's been shoveling!
1 posted on 06/16/2009 9:48:23 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

OHHHHHH! Good comeback!


2 posted on 06/16/2009 9:49:09 AM PDT by classified
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To: Kartographer

Post of the day!


3 posted on 06/16/2009 9:51:25 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Waterboard Pelosi NOW!)
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To: Kartographer

Yeah, and the CyberCzar will declare that Carbonite is bad for your data. Then, the Sleep Czar will declare the sleep number bed bad for your back.

Let’s just hope they don’t go after Ruth’s Chris and put Hannity out of business.


4 posted on 06/16/2009 9:51:27 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Kartographer
Scientists say that ingredient may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell.
I'm not a scientist, but I can verify it happened to me.
5 posted on 06/16/2009 9:52:13 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kartographer

Some of us hyper smellers could do with some blunted smell.

LOL.


6 posted on 06/16/2009 9:52:44 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Kartographer

Oh man, this whole time I thought my GF had been taking Beano.


7 posted on 06/16/2009 9:52:55 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Kartographer

Good to know if you work in Michael Moore’s vicinity ...


8 posted on 06/16/2009 9:52:57 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: Kartographer

Poor Rush!
First his hearing, now his sense of smell.
As much as I love Rush, I gotta say, he needs to stay away from the medications.


9 posted on 06/16/2009 9:53:34 AM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: Kartographer

use Vick’s vapor, it smells good. I used the Zicam and it caused me to sneeze unclogging my nose.


10 posted on 06/16/2009 9:53:42 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: Kartographer

Isn’t Zicam a sponsor of Rush Limbaugh?


11 posted on 06/16/2009 9:54:03 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Kartographer

Loss of sense of smell, eh?

You’re supposed to REMOVE the sprayer from your nostril after using it, aren’t you?


12 posted on 06/16/2009 9:57:36 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Kartographer

The zinc will get rid of the stink?..................


13 posted on 06/16/2009 9:57:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Inquiring minds want to know, but American Idol minds could care less...)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I’m sure that the ‘red-meat’ crowd is already targeted by 0.


14 posted on 06/16/2009 9:58:17 AM PDT by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: WayneS

I live next to a sewage treatment plant. For folks like me it would be a blessing..............


15 posted on 06/16/2009 9:58:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Inquiring minds want to know, but American Idol minds could care less...)
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To: Kartographer

LOL

OTC meds CAN kill you

Tylenol will kill the liver, all the rest follows
APCs can kill you via blood thinning or Reye’s Syndrome

Of course, prescription meds can kill you as well.

Nothing is safe, too much water (not drowning) can kill as well. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication)

What will the FDA clear as ‘totally safe’?


16 posted on 06/16/2009 10:03:15 AM PDT by ASOC (Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)
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To: Kartographer
That warning has been around for over a year. I have continued to use it. Haven't actually come down with a cold for a year and a half.

Of course, it is not really a spray. It's a gel that is supposed to coat the inside of the nostrils and not be inhaled. Maybe people are actually sucking it up their noses?

17 posted on 06/16/2009 10:03:21 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: oh8eleven

I had a really bad sinus infection once and the pain was intollerable. Zicam was the only thing that gave me relief. I used it for about a week. With antibiotics I was cured and never used the stuff again, and I can still smell the good and bad all around just fine. I’d hate to see a good product get a bad rap because of that operative word “may” cause something.


18 posted on 06/16/2009 10:03:28 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Kartographer

Great. It actually works as advertised. So that’s why the government wants it off the market. Honestly, I am not sure if it isn’t worth the tradeoff.


19 posted on 06/16/2009 10:04:19 AM PDT by newheart (Obama. We kind of underestimated the creepiness.)
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To: Kartographer
I need to get my wife on Zicam nasal spray asap. Her sense of smell is that of a drug dog. We usually have to go to no less than 5 hotel suites before she will agree on the one that smells the least...even at Bellagio, etc. Absolutely drives me nuts. This is great news as far as I am concerned.
20 posted on 06/16/2009 10:04:48 AM PDT by trtdenver
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To: Kartographer
For those who are clumsy and take too much up the nose, they make swabs that accomplish the same thing....unless some clod decides to snuff it up his nose

(same way they are misusing the spray.

Both are clearly marked with warnings.

By the way, they have always worked for me...zero colds in three years, even after a couple 'starter colds' that went away in about two days.

21 posted on 06/16/2009 10:08:54 AM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Kartographer

At this rate, Rush Limbaugh will soon wind up doing his show with half of his senses tied behind his back.


22 posted on 06/16/2009 10:12:03 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (we also have the duty to avoid prostituting our Catholic identity by appeals to phony dialogue)
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To: Kartographer

This is a bummer. I have been using the stuff for YEARS and it works, heads off the colds before they get going. Also, their Extreme Congestion can open your sinuses in two minutes, and lasts for nearly a day. Are they going to take zinc supplements off the market, too?


23 posted on 06/16/2009 10:12:06 AM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: Quix

I hear you. I might try a few sprays today to test it out.


24 posted on 06/16/2009 10:17:24 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: oh8eleven
"Scientists say that ingredient may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell. I'm not a scientist, but I can verify it happened to me. "

I've had the same experience. I stopped using Zicam a couple of years ago when I realized that my sense of smell had become impaired. Fortunately I haven't lost it completely. I can't prove the connection, but when I realized that I was missing out on smells I previously would have experienced, I gave up using Zicam. It just wasn't worth the risk.

25 posted on 06/16/2009 10:17:26 AM PDT by Think free or die (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money - M.Thatcher)
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To: Kartographer

I have never used Zicam or anything similar but I have been losing my sense of smell anyway. I usually can’t smell even very strong perfume. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of something worse.


26 posted on 06/16/2009 10:28:06 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: ASOC
LOL OTC meds CAN kill you Tylenol will kill the liver, all the rest follows APCs can kill you via blood thinning or Reye’s Syndrome Of course, prescription meds can kill you as well. Nothing is safe, too much water (not drowning) can kill as well. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication) What will the FDA clear as ‘totally safe’?

Easy silly..Medical Pot...it cures everything don't you know, including critical thinking. 420 dittos DUDE!

27 posted on 06/16/2009 10:31:13 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: Rebelbase
"Oh man, this whole time I thought my GF had been taking Beano."

Now that right there's funny!

28 posted on 06/16/2009 10:32:27 AM PDT by JD91
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To: Kartographer

Been using zicam for years. Haven’t had a cold for over 3 years and I can still smell.


29 posted on 06/16/2009 10:33:24 AM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: Vicki

We can tell,just kidding I couldn’t pass it up shame on me.


30 posted on 06/16/2009 10:38:01 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: counterpunch

Is this just referring to the nasal spray, or is it also referring to the tablets and throat spray?


31 posted on 06/16/2009 10:46:21 AM PDT by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I admit I had the same thought when I heard this news, they are also advertisers for now government owned GM — so what do we take away from all this ? There must be a page in Saul Alinsky’s playbook about choking off the finances of opponentws to drive them out of business. I use Zicam before I fly and I never get sick anymore afterwards like I ALWAYS did.


32 posted on 06/16/2009 10:50:12 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Made in USA and proud of it.)
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To: Kartographer
I lose my sense of smell when I use Afrin for very long. A few days after stopping, my sense of smell returns.

Odd experience, that.

33 posted on 06/16/2009 10:51:46 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possiblity of failure.)
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To: pburgh01

ROTFLMAO

The stuff cures almost everything - ‘cept the munchies.....


34 posted on 06/16/2009 10:53:33 AM PDT by ASOC (Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)
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To: Kartographer

BTW when I was looking up more about this I read that the problem with Zicam was announced at a medical conference 6 years ago. There’s lots of material on the internet about it that is several years old. So what does that say about how well the FDA is protecting our health?


35 posted on 06/16/2009 11:00:02 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Vicki

Vicki, I’m going to miss Zicam if it’s taken out.


36 posted on 06/16/2009 11:07:27 AM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find!)
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Re: “Glad I didn’t use it enough to prevent me from smelling what Zero’s been shoveling!”

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Agree — Zicam and other zinc products had better NOT go off the market. I’ve used Zicam off and on for years now and love it — it really helps —

There’s another spray warned against for years — AFRIN — which also does a great job of clearing the nasal passages if not OVER-used. I like that one, too.

After using these and other products over time, yet sparingly, I have neither a perpetually stuffed up nose nor loss of ability to ‘smell.’

What I DO smell is Obama’s BS being scattered around 24/7. ENOUGH!


37 posted on 06/16/2009 11:17:31 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Kartographer

Thanks for the warning. I still like the oral mist.


38 posted on 06/16/2009 11:51:26 AM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: Think free or die
I stopped using Zicam a couple of years ago when I realized that my sense of smell had become impaired.
I very rarely get a cold and only used Zicam once or twice. I noticed the loss of smell (and taste) right after that. Fortunatley, they have recovered somewhat.
Most notable is the scent of a woman's perfume now seems to smell medicinal or "metallic."
39 posted on 06/16/2009 12:50:58 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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“The FDA says about 130 consumers have reported a loss of smell after using Matrixx Initiatives’ Zicam products since 1999.”

That works out to about 13 people a year allegedly losing the sense of smell from Zicam. I wonder how many people use Zicam. How many people lose the sense of smell each year? Is the number of people who lose the sense of smell subsequent to using Zicam more than would occur in the general population?

40 posted on 06/16/2009 12:53:14 PM PDT by pelicandriver
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To: neverdem

ping


41 posted on 06/17/2009 5:44:49 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Kartographer
The FDA says about 130 consumers have reported a loss of smell after using Matrixx Initiatives' Zicam products since 1999.

And how many other people who use zinc without any brandname or a competing brand have also suffered sense of smell in the past decade?

This seems to be a targeted attack on Rush's adveriser as well a home remedies.

Zinc is the stated culprit, not "Zicam". And plenty of people have not lost sense of smell.

Big Pharma wants your cold symptom medicine sales.

42 posted on 06/17/2009 7:41:06 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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"Loss of the sense of smell is potentially life threatening and may be permanent," said Dr. Charles Lee, of FDA's compliance division. "People without the sense of smell may not be able to detect dangerous life situations, such as gas leaks or something burning in the house."

Talk about fear mongering. I don't even have natural gas in my home. And my apartment requires smoke detectors.

43 posted on 06/17/2009 7:42:25 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: ASOC
What will the FDA clear as ‘totally safe’?

Marijuana for "medicinal" purposes.

44 posted on 06/17/2009 7:43:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: a fool in paradise
This seems to be a targeted attack on Rush's adveriser as well a home remedies.

This has, the Democ'RAT'S "pawprints", all over it.


45 posted on 06/17/2009 7:44:08 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid / deadly things happen... :^)
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To: Kartographer; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
The FDA said Zicam Cold Remedy was never formally approved because it is part of a small group of remedies that are not required to undergo federal review before launching. Known as homeopathic products, the formulations often contain herbs, minerals and flowers.

The FDA is homeopathicphobic.

46 posted on 06/17/2009 7:46:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: murron
Is this just referring to the nasal spray, or is it also referring to the tablets and throat spray?

Anything with Zinc.

And the FDA is also saying that there is no evidence that Zicam actually does anything stated:

But government scientists say they are unaware of any data supporting Zicam's labeling, which claims the drug reduces cold symptoms, including "sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing and congestion."

So they have TWO stated reasons for attacking Zicam (plus: the FDA has NO oversight for homeopathic products, the products accounted for about 40 percent of its $111.6 million in sales last year, and Zicam is an endorsed product by Rush Limbaugh).

The Obamunists are siding with Big Pharma which sells products that ARE bad for your physical health and impair your ability to function.

47 posted on 06/17/2009 7:52:11 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: CaliforniaCon

I use Afrin very limited (one day, not the 2 or 3 day max stated). But it will open a nasal passage. It’s not homeopathic, however.

Zinc is zinc.


48 posted on 06/17/2009 7:53:55 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: ASOC

It cures “loss of appetite”.


49 posted on 06/17/2009 7:54:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: metmom

thanks, bfl


50 posted on 06/17/2009 10:40:45 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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