Zicam Litigation
David Randolph Smith
David Randolph Smith Edmund J. Schmidt III
Phone:(615) 742-1775
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Zicam Litigation


Several users of Zicam have reported an intense burning sensation in their nasal cavities immediately after using the product, followed by a loss of smell and taste long after they were over their cold. Last month, Matrixx Initiatives Inc. of Phoenix, maker of the popular Zicam products for colds, flu, sinuses and allergies, agreed to pay $12 million to settle lawsuits involving 340 plaintiffs. They said they suffered anosmia, or smell loss, after using the zinc-based gel, which is put into the nose with a pump. (Link).

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Background:

ZICAM and Cold-Eeze are over-the-counter homeopathic nasal solutions that claim to reduce the symptoms and duration of the common cold. Zicam is applied directly to the nasal surface with either a spray or gel swab and Cold-Eeze is a nasal spray. Both products contain the active ingredient Zincum Gluconicum, sometimes referred to as Zinc Gluconate. Some medical personnel believe that this ingredient causes a caustic action on the nasal passages and leads to a loss of smell (also known as "ansomia").

What you should know:

  • Nasal sprays containing zinc, such as Zicam and Cold-Eeze, have been shown to severely damage or destroy one's ability to smell.
  • This is a condition known as Anosmia.
    Inhibiting the sense of smell, in turn, greatly decreases the ability to taste.
  • It has been known for decades that zinc compounds can cause nasal nerve damage.
  • Despite awareness of these dangers, neither Zicam or Cold-Eeze provided adequate warnings to the public.

What can you do:

If you have experienced any adverse effects after using a nasal spray containing zinc, we recommend you see your doctor. If you or a member of your family may be suffering from Anosmia and have experienced loss of smell or taste from the use of Zicam, you may want to consider your potential legal claim for this loss. If you have recovered from your cold but are still suffering from a loss of smell or taste and you wish to contact a Nashville Zicam attorney, please contact us at our toll-free number of (800) 394-2119.



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