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Practice Areas - Product Liability, Zicam Attorneys

Florida Products Liability Lawyers


Zicam and Loss of Smell

If you or a family member have had any side effects from taking the over the counter homeopathic medicine Zicam, it is wise to consult one of our product liability and personal injury attorneys immediately, to preserve your possible rights to compensation. The Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs, and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size products have recently been taken off the market due to recommendations by the FDA. Any remaining product should be discarded or returned to Zicam for exchange or refunding.

Symptoms resulting from use of these Zicam products include: anosmia (loss of the sense of smell) or ageusia (loss of taste) and there may also be burning sensations in the nasal cavities. The burning sensations were reported to have occurred directly after taking the product. Loss of the senses of taste and smell follow, and can be either long-lasting, or possibly permanent. Some major problems from losing these senses are endangering to a person, including being able to not smell smoke, spoiled food, or a gas leak. Loss of these senses may also adversely affect the quality of a person's life, as they would then be unable to enjoy the flavor and pleasures of food and aromas.

The drug was created for and marketed as a relief from the common cold. It allegedly reduced the length and severity of illness when taken immediately. In fact, a common cold will terminate itself within 7 to 14 days. Zicam was advertised as a product that would reduce both the severity and length of a cold.

Other oral Zicam products for combating colds are not under recall. The Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size have already been discontinued. Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel and Cold Remedy Gel Swabs are no longer being actively sold.

Again, if you or any family member has taken these Zicam products and later experienced loss of smell or taste, it is essential to consult with your attorney immediately. These are product liability cases involving personal injury losses, and you may be able to receive compensation for your damages. There are over 130 reports to the FDA of sense losses related to use of these Zicam products, often at the first use of the products.

The maker of Zicam products, Matrixx Initiatives, has faced hundreds of lawsuits over the last ten years from those persons who claimed to have lost their sense of smell. There has been one major group settlement the company reached with 340 plaintiffs for $12 million, and other lawsuits are ongoing. Our attorneys and their staff have been reviewing these cases, and are interested in talking with you if you or a family members believes Zicam products have resulted in losses of your senses of smell or taste.

Please call today to set up an appointment to discuss your individual case with one of our experienced product liability and personal injury attorneys if your sense of smell or taste has been affected by use of the Zicam products.

Contact Florida Zicam lawyers for a free consultation.

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Sheldon J. Schlesinger, P.A. represents clients throughout the state of Florida including the cities of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Carol City, Cooper City, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Miramar, Miami, Oakland Park, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Pompano Beach, and Rivera Beach

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