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Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs

Zicam is completely different® from most other cold remedies because it actually shortens colds versus just temporarily relieving symptoms. This zinc-free homeopathic formula is delivered in our proprietary swab form. These unique swabs allow for gentle application of our patented gel formula in nasal passages. Our unique plant-based formula also provides multi-symptom cold relief.

  • SHORTENS COLDS. The only cold shortening nasal swab that shortens the length of a cold when taken at the first sign of a cold
  • Reduces symptom severity by the midpoint of the cold
  • Delivered in a special proprietary swab form, this zinc-free homeopathic formula is plant-based and also contains cooling menthol & soothing eucalyptus
  • Non-drowsy, non-habit forming
  • #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand2
  • #1 Cold Shortening Brand3

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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This is a must in your medicine cabinet!
Maggie, NY


Singh M, Das RR. Zinc for the common cold. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001364. DO1: 10.1002/14651858.CD001364.pub3.

2 for zinc cold remedies and homeopathic cold products

3 based on sales data of homeopathic cold shortening brands

* based on unit and dollar sales data, IRI Total US Multi-Outlet, latest 52 weeks-ending 5/3/20

Testimonials represented here are from actual customers who’ve taken Zicam and provided their feedback. Zicam is made with two forms of zinc to shorten colds when taken at the first sign.

Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 810.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So, here's the story. Myself and two other members of my household got a cold. I was the last to get the scratchy throats and annoying sniffles. I encouraged the other two family members to use the Zicam swabs, but they only used them once. I started using them at the first noticeable sign of my cold and used them every few hours, as directed. Although they didn't help immediately, which I knew, they made my nose feel better, as the gel cooled and moistened inside my nose. My symptoms were gone in a few days, and the other two family members? Well, their colds hung on for nearly two weeks. Using the Zicam swabs definitely made me a believer!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs are truly amazing! I swear they are magic. My husband was at the beginning stages of getting a cold. Sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose, all the good stuff. I gave him one of these swabs and he laughed at me. He was convinced that these were just a scam and were a waste of money, but guess what, he tried it and fell in love. He said it immediately unclogged his nose and his cold was a lot shorter than normal. He has been bragging to all his friends about these and my medicine cabinet is always stocked with them. We are very very thankful for these Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, they work amazingly!!!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honestly, I have never used any Zicam products before. Thanks to Crowdtap and Zicam, I was intrigued to try these Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs because of how innovative this product looks.When I received this product, I was beginning to get a cold. Right at Christmas too! I applied as instructed and immediately amazed at how soothing the Cooling Menthol and Eucalyptus feels. Easy to apply and it is a Pre-Cold remedy. So as soon as you start sniffling or sneezing, apply these swabs and your cold will be shortened. It works. Very happy that instead of being miserable with a cold during Christmas, I was allowed to enjoy time with my family and friends.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I received Zicam nasal swabs as a free sampling opportunity through Crowdtap. I woke up one morning shortly after receiving the sample feeling as if I was coming down with a common cold. I had a stuffy nose, scratchy throat and was sneezing my head off. I used the Zicam nasal swabs which is formulated to shorten the length and severity of a cold when used at the first signs of a cold. I noticed that my symptoms did improve over the next 3 days, as I continued to use the swabs as directed and by the fourth dat, I was symptom free. I believe that Zicam helped to shorten the length of my cold as it claims. It was easy to use and helped me get back to my normal self.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am currently training for a marathon and cannot afford to miss any training time from a cold. I felt the tinge of a cold coming on so I decided to use Zicam Cold Remedy to help me through. This product is very easy to use- hold, snap, swab, done! I really like that Zikam Cold Remedy is single as to not contaminate others or continue to contaminate myself and work to get better faster. There is a small scent, very light not that of medicine rather leaves or an outside scent, the scent dissipates quickly and your nasal passages dry within a couple of minutes. I used Zicam Cold Remedy for five days as directed until I did not feel the cold any longer.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was lucky to receive them when I did. Both my husband and I got a cold a few days later. And my colds usually hang around for two weeks or so, but this time only lasted about 4 days and it was not as severe as I expected it to be. Doesn't have a bad smell, seems to dissolve into the nostril pretty quick, just be sure not to blow your nose for about 30sec to a minute after using. Also helped my dry nose. It was stuffy but really dry due to the furnace and cold. These helped a lot with that. All in all, I am quite impressed and will buy them again in the future. It is obvious they do work as they are advertised.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the ease of this product. It’s very easy to use and I don’t have to deal with any gross tasting products. Just swipe around the entrance of the nose and I’m done. I love how it’s so different from all other products on the market. No worries about nose sprays, large pills, or gross tasting cold syrup. Another feature I love about this product is that it’s homeopathic! I try to use only homeopathic products so this was perfect. I didn’t really notice if it shortened my cold but it didn’t make it worse. My nose did run much more after using the product so it helped get rid of the cold germs. I loved how easy it was to use the product and recommend it to friends and family.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have been a fan of Zicam RapidMelts for years and feel like they definitely help shorten the length and reduce the severity of my colds, so I was excited to try the nasal swabs as well. I like the scent of the swabs, it is not unpleasant to have in my nose. I was slightly apprehensive about having the swab in my nose, but it was easy to use and did not feel uncomfortable. It also dried quickly, which was nice. My cold was definitely a short one, so I'm thinking the swabs helped. I will definitely use the swabs in combination with the RapidMelts to knock my colds out before they can really get started!
Date published: 2016-12-07