Zicam warning – as always, buyer beware!

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:   Pharmaceutical, patented drugs are designed to be effective at reducing symptoms. They do so, universally, by poisoning an enzyme process or disrupting normal metabolism.  In contrast, corrective medicine,  well,   it works by correcting those biochemical functions which are not working optimally, and health is restored. In corrective medicine with “fix” people with the “parts” that they are made of:  replenish those which are deficient and reduce those which are present in excess.  Wouldn’t it be great (and real health care reform!) if all doctors started from that approach?   The most successful ones (those with the most grateful patients) do!

In medical school, an old wise professor gave me the following advice, with tongue in cheek:   “Brad, when a new drug hits the market, prescribe much of it as you can,  while it is still available on the market.”  He was warning me, from 45 years of clinical practice, to be wary of newly arrived, highly hyped drugs which the FDA allows to the market far too easily and often because the drug company lent their staff  “specialists”  to the FDA to oversee (i.e. “approve” ) the drugs for market.

Since understanding the words of my wise professor,  I only use medications which are tried and prove. I never experiment on my patients with drugs which have been inadequately tested and rushed to market.

Read about the problems with Zicam.

Zicam Nasal spray as reported from a medical colleague:

This is crazy…..It is true too! There is a link at the bottom of this to the FDA website with the information.

I want my friends and loved ones to know what has happened to me in hopes that it will never happen to you or anybody you care about. About 10 days ago, I felt a cold coming on; so before I went to bed I used Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel… It’s supposed to help you “get over your cold faster.” Immediately after I sprayed it into each nostril I felt the most horrific burning sensation imaginable. It literally felt like I had sprayed pepper spray directly into my brain. It burned all the way to the top of my skull. My nasal passages swelled, my eyes watered – the burning lasted all night long into the next day.

After about a day, I realized I couldn’t taste anything and I thought, “Wow – I must really have a bad cold.” Then I noticed that I couldn’t smell coffee brewing, couldn’t smell my perfume when I put it on, couldn’t smell the popcorn I burned, couldn’t smell my favorite candle. I panicked and starting smelling everything that I could find that had really strong odors – ammonia, finger nail polish remover, bleach, etc. I couldn’t smell ANYTHING! I started tasting everything that had really strong tastes such as HOT salsa, raw red onions, Doritos, coffee. I couldn’t taste ANYTHING!

I told my mother about this and she said, “Oh, I’ve heard Zicam can affect your Olfactory nerve.” I went online, typed in “Zicam side effects” and bam – up popped all sorts of web sites with people reporting the same thing I experienced. It seems that this past June, Zicam pulled the swabs for adults and children off the shelf but not the nasal gel.

I went to my ENT and he said the Zicam had basically “FRIED” my Olfactory nerve and the results are most likely permanent. . . He put me on a strong dose of a steroid called Prednisone in hopes of recovering ANY bit of the nerve damage but he told me to “take this and pray.” He said he had read about the side effects of Zicam and couldn’t believe it is still on the shelf. It isn’t FDA approved. I am taking the Prednisone and praying but nothing is happening. I ITERALLY CANNOT SMELL OR TASTE ANYTHING! I can tell if foods are hot or cold, I can tell the consistency and I can faintly detect if it is salty but that is it.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pass this on to everyone you care about. I don’t want this to happen to ANYONE else!!!!!!!!!! And if you have Zicam in your medicine cabinet–THROW IT AWAY!

Check it out on the link below where the FDA admits they screwed up again and yet, offer no hint of a course correction.   The name of the game, dear reader is “Buyer Beware”  and choose corrective options which are  safer, more effective and “centisble” – cheaper too!


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