You’ve probably already heard this, but just in case…
“FDA Advises Consumers Not To Use Certain Zicam Cold Remedies
Intranasal Zinc Product Linked to Loss of Sense of Smell”
The products include Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel and Nasal Swabs.
Here’s a link to the full FDA press release.
Steven Novella addressed this on his Science-Based Medicine blog.
Certainly there are other potentially harmful products out there that don’t require FDA approval so we should use caution. Hopefully the FDA will now take a closer look at all of the alternative “medications” on the market, including homeopathic nonsense (you’re buying water, no joke), and naturopathic medicines (not to be confused with homeopathic preparations) which can include certain ingredients that may have a side effect, but not necessarily a beneficial effect with regard to the symptoms being treated.
Be careful what you purchase. Sudafed, and other cold medications like that are regulated by the FDA and contain specific ingredients to treat known symptoms. The other stuff is manufactured and sold because there is a market for it, period. It’s easy for unscrupulous marketers to sell stuff, even plain water disguised as a remedy, when they don’t have to worry about FDA approval.