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About Zicam Products

Where can you buy Zicam®?

Zicam® is available at most major drug, grocery and mass retailers. Just click on the Where to Buy page to see a list of major retailers that carry our products.

Is it okay to take Zicam® while taking other medications?

You can refer to the product labels for specific warnings. You should always check with a pharmacist or your doctor before taking Zicam® with other medications.

What are the Zicam® dosage directions?

Dosage directions can vary between products. Click on Our Products page to find out more information on specific products.

What are the active ingredients?

Active ingredients can vary between products. Click on Our Products page to find out more information on specific products.

Is Zicam® safe to take during pregnancy?

As with any medicine, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a healthcare professional before use.

Is Zicam® regulated by the FDA?

The active ingredients in all Zicam® Cold Remedy products are listed as drugs in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) which is a compendium recognized in the Federal Food, Drug, Cosmetic Act [FD&C Act]); as such, these products are classified by the FDA as OTC homeopathic drugs. All Zicam® products are sold over-the-counter in accord with FDA’s laws, regulations and guidelines.

Is it okay to take Zicam® after the expiration date?

You should not take Zicam® after the expiration date. The expiration date assures the quality of the product.

Do Zicam® products include gluten?

None of the ingredients or manufacturing processes contain glutens derived from wheat, rye or barley. However, some Zicam® manufacturing facilities use equipment that may have come in contact with gluten agents.

Is Zicam® safe to give to children?

The product label for each Zicam® product includes information on the age ranges for which each product may be used. Zicam® Kids Cold Relief is specifically formulated for children 6-11 years of age to provide effective relief of cold symptoms. As with any treatment, check with your pediatrician before giving your child this or any other medication.

Does Zicam® offer any sugar-free products?

Zicam® RapidMelts®, Oral Mist™ and Nasal Spray products are sugar-free. See individual product pages for a list of ingredients. Diabetics should consult with their health care professional before taking sugar-free Zicam® products.

Will the Allergy Relief Nasal Gel relieve more than just my nasal congestion?

Along with nasal congestion relief, the proprietary blend of homeopathic actives in Zicam® Allergy Relief Nasal Gel relieves sinus pressure, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.

Will the Allergy Relief Nasal Gel make me drowsy?

The ingredients in Zicam® Allergy Relief Nasal Gel provide non-drowsy relief of nasal congestion, sinus pressure, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.

How is the new Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Spray different than the Cold Remedy Nasal Spray that was previously available from Zicam®?

New Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Spray is a brand new cold shortening nasal spray that also provides multi-symptom relief. The active ingredients in this new formula consist of a unique mix of plant-based homeopathic ingredients, delivered in our patented gel form. New Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Spray does not contain zinc. New Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Spray is the only nasal spray available to shorten colds and reduce symptom severity when taken at the onset of a cold.

Can I give regular (adult) Zicam® to my kids?

Please follow package directions. Zicam® Kids Cold Relief is specifically formulated for children 6-11 years of age.

How is the kids product different from the adult product?

Zicam® Kids Cold Relief is for children 6-11 years of age. Based on traditional homeopathic practice, the active ingredients in Zicam® Kids Cold Relief provide effective relief of bothersome cold symptoms, such as nasal congestion, runny nose and scratchy throat.

What are the active ingredients in Zicam® Kids Cold Relief?

The active ingredients in Zicam® Kids Cold Relief are Zincum aceticum and Zincum gluconicum. Click on Our Products page to find out more information on specific products.

My child did not ingest the full dose of medicine. Should I give him/her more?

No. Do not give your child more medicine. Wait until the next dose to give your child more medicine. Follow dosing directions found on the label.

Can I give my child multiple medicines?

Contact your doctor or pharmacist before giving your child multiple medicines.

About the Common Cold

What causes the common cold?

Colds are caused by viruses. Colds are the most common viral infection, and they are the most common reason that children miss school and adults miss work. Each year, people in the United States suffer 1 billion colds.1 Learn more about cold viruses

Why is the common cold so common?

The main reason colds are so common is that there are more than 200 different viruses that can trigger a cold. The viruses that cause colds also spread easily. People who are suffering from colds may spread the virus into the air or onto something they touch every time they sneeze or cough. If you touch a surface that’s carrying a cold virus and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes, there is a chance you could become infected. Learn more about the common cold

The easiest and most effective ways to prevent a cold are to wash your hands and stay away from people with colds. Clean hands can stop germs such as the cold virus from spreading from one person to another. Learn more about cold prevention

What are the first signs of a cold?

You may notice the first signs of a cold as little as ten hours after being infected with a cold virus, with full-blown symptoms 2-3 days after infection. Common symptoms that signal a cold are scratchy throat, cough, runny nose, body aches and unexplained tiredness. To shorten a cold, it’s important to take action as soon as you notice the first signs of a cold, or what we call a Pre-Cold®. Learn more

How long is a cold contagious?

People who have a cold are most contagious for the first 2 to 3 days of a cold. After the first week, colds are usually not contagious.1

How does zinc shorten a cold?

While the exact mechanism of action has not been determined, the efficacy of zinc in reducing the duration of a cold, when taken at the first sign of a cold, is supported by multiple clinical trials. Learn more

The Common Cold vs. Allergies

Is it a cold or an allergy?

When you have a runny nose, cough, and congestion, it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether you have a cold or a sinus allergy. It may help to know more about how colds and allergies develop and what you can do to treat your symptoms. Learn more

  1. MedlinePlus. Common Cold. Available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000678.htm. Accessed July 14, 2014.

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