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Review: Zicam and Sudafed

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Zicam and Sudafed. It is created by eHealthMe based on 14 people who take the drugs. The review uses reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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On Apr, 5, 2014: 14 people who reported to have interactions when taking Zicam, Sudafed are studied

Trend of Zicam, Sudafed's drug interactions, side effects and effectiveness reports (4116374)

Drug combinations in study:
- Zicam (zinc gluconate)
- Sudafed (pseudoephedrine hydrochloride)

eHealthMe real world results:

Most common interactions experienced by people in the use of Zicam, Sudafed:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
InteractionNumber of reports
Anosmia14
Ageusia (loss of taste functions of the tongue)14
Anxiety12
Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot in a major vein that usually develops in the legs and/or pelvis)12
Emotional Distress10
Pain10
Injury8
Hyposmia (impairment of the sense of smell)8
General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)8
Drug Ineffective4

Most common interactions experienced by people in long term use of Zicam, Sudafed:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
InteractionNumber of reports
Anosmia1
Pain1
Ageusia (loss of taste functions of the tongue)1

How effective are the drugs:

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Premenstrual syndrome
  2. Respiratory tract infection
  3. Sinusitis
  4. Nasopharyngitis
  5. Epilepsy

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Yaz
  2. Zyrtec
  3. Yasmin
  4. Ascorbic acid
  5. Lamictal

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Complete drug side effects:

On eHealthMe, Zicam (zinc gluconate) is often used to treat herpes labialis (oral herpes simplex). Sudafed (pseudoephedrine hydrochloride) is often used to treat sinus congestion. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

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Can you answer these questions (what is this?):

  • Can i take saphris with sudafed and benadryl
    Is it ok to take sudafed and Benadryl cold and flu tablets with saphris bipolar tablets?

  • Zinc content
    How many mg of Zinc Gluconate were in the 4oz spray bottle??? It always worked for me and have come down with colds since the great product is off the market. Other manufacturers must be happier selling relief medicines.

  • How do i become a part of this study?
    I was taking Sudafed and had a stroke took Sudafed again and had a second stroke

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