Review: Zicam and Sudafed
This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions when people take Zicam and Sudafed. It is created by eHealthMe based on 14 reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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What are the drugs
Zicam (latest outcomes) has active ingredients of zinc gluconate. It is often used in herpes labialis (oral herpes simplex).
Sudafed (latest outcomes) has active ingredients of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride. It is often used in nasal congestion.
On Dec, 4, 2013: 14 people who reported to have interactions when taking Zicam, Sudafed are studied
Drug combinations in study:
- Zicam (zinc gluconate)
- Sudafed (pseudoephedrine hydrochloride)
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)
|Interaction||Number of reports|
|Ageusia (loss of taste functions of the tongue)||7|
|Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot in a major vein that usually develops in the legs and/or pelvis)||4|
|General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)||2|
|Hyposmia (impairment of the sense of smell)||2|
|Hypogeusia (reduced ability to taste things (to taste sweet, sour, bitter, or salty substances))||1|
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)
|Interaction||Number of reports|
|Ageusia (loss of taste functions of the tongue)||1|
How effective are the drugs:
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Respiratory tract infection
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Ascorbic acid
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
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Can you answer these questions (what is this?):
- By Schauerte: Zinc content
(for a 61 year old man who has Common Cold, and takes Zicam)
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.
(Number of patients like Schauerte: 67)
- By sheila: How do i become a part of this study?
(for a 44 year old woman who has Stroke, and takes Sudafed 12 Hour)
I was taking Sudafed and had a stroke took Sudafed again and had a second stroke
(Number of patients like sheila: 375)
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 nasal 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:
- Zicam is used in:
- Sudafed is used in:
Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:
- Zicam alternatives:
- Sudafed alternatives:
NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.
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