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Nasal Spray Can Lead to Loss of Sense of Smell

A researcher has found scientific evidence to back up the claim that nose sprays containing zinc might cause loss of sense of smell, known medically as anosmmia. About a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to stop using these nasal spray cold remedies that contained zinc:

• Zicam Cole Remedy Nasal Gel
• Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs
• Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs for Kids

The FDA had received approximately 130 reports regarding loss of sense of smell after using these products. Though the manufacturer of these products, Matrixx Initiatives, pulled the products from store shelves, the company denied any link between the nasal sprays and anosmia.

A study of 25 patients at the University of California, San Diego Nasal Dysfunction Clinic was performed. These people said they used zinc-containing nasal sprays, experienced intense pain and lost their sense of smell within several hours.

Though Matrixx maintains there is no link between the two, the company settled a lawsuit brought by 340 Zicam users for $12 million in 2006.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective drug, please contact the pharmaceutical liability attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton today.

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