The Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers to stop using three over-the-counter Zicam Cold Remedy products. The agency says that the products can permanently damage the sense of smell.
The warning applies to the following products:
There have been 130 reports of consumers losing their sense of smell after using these products. They contain zinc, an ingredient scientists say may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell.
The warning does not include other Zicam products, such as liquid forms, tablets, or "rapid melts." As a homeopathic remedy, Zicam was not required to undergo federal review before being placed on the market.