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Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs

Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs

Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs come in a zinc-free swab form and help shorten the duration of the common cold when taken at the first sign.† These nose swabs for colds allow for gentle application of a gel formula in nasal passages. Its plant-based active ingredients also provide multi-symptom cold relief.†

  • SHORTENS COLDS.The only cold shortening nasal swab that shortens the length of a cold.†
  • This zinc-free formula with plant-derived active ingredients also contains cooling menthol and eucalyptus.
  • Non-drowsy cold remedy.
  • #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand‡
  • #1 Cold Shortening Brand*

Drug Facts

Drug Facts

Active ingredients

Galphimia glauca 4x, Luffa operculata 4x, Sabadilla 4x

Purpose: Reduces duration of common cold and helps relieve nasal congestion.


Reduces duration of common cold and helps relieve nasal congestion.

Zicam® Cold Remedy was not formulated to be effective for flu or allergies.


  • For nasal use only

Do not use if you have a sensitivity or allergy to any of the ingredients. If an allergic reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

Ask a doctor before use if you have

  • ear, nose, or throat sensitivity
  • susceptibility to nosebleeds


When using this product

  • avoid contact with eyes. Rinse right away with water if it gets in eyes and seek medical help right away.
  • the use of individual swabs by more than one person may spread infection
  • temporary discomfort such as burning, stinging, sneezing, or an increase in nasal discharge may occur


Stop use and ask a doctor if

  • symptoms get worse or last more than 7 days or are accompanied by fever
  • redness or swelling is present
  • new symptoms occur


If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.


  • for best results, use at the first sign of a cold and continue to use until symptoms completely subside
  • adults and children 12 years of age and older:
    • open tube (also see illustrations on side of carton)
    • hold tube between thumb and forefinger at the blue band
    • with the other hand, hold at handle base, snap open tube and pull out swab
    • apply medication just inside first nostril. Using swirling motion, rotate swab 3 times within nostril. While swirling, gently press outside of first nostril to ensure transfer of medication. Re-dip swab in tube and mix to re-saturate with medication. Swirl 3 more times in the same nostril while gently pressing outside of nostril. Re-dip swab in tube and mix. Repeat identical sequence in second nostril. Do not insert swab more than 1/4" past nasal opening
    • discard swab after use
    • wait at least 30 seconds before blowing nose
    • use 1 tube every 3 hours, not to exceed 5 tubes in one 24 hour period
  • children under 12 years of age: do not use

Other information

  • store at room temperature 15-29°C (59-84°F)

Inactive ingredients

benzalkonium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate, eucalyptol, eugenol, glycine, hypromellose, menthol, monobasic sodium phosphate, phenethyl alcohol, polysorbate 80, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium chloride, succinic acid

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‡ Based on survey of pharmacist recommendations: For zinc lozenges, zinc cold remedies & homeopathic cold products. Pharmacy Times® OTC Guide®, June 2021

* based on unit sales data, IRI Total US Multi-Outlet, latest 52 weeks-ending 11/21/21

† Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.