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You might take it for granted, but your sense of smell can alert you to dangers like gas leaks and can make food more flavorful and appetizing. The over the counter nasal spray Zicam has been linked to loss of smell (anosmia) and loss of taste.

Zicam has been associated with the onset of a condition known as anosmia, which leaves the user with a potentially permanent loss of smell and taste. These side effects typically are irreversible. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently is collecting and evaluating reports of severe reactions to Zicam.

In spite of widespread reports of potential problems with the medication, the manufacturer of Zicam refuses to warn users about the possible dangers of the drug. Matrixx Initiatives, the manufacturer of Zicam, reported on their web site that the medication is "safe" in spite of an admission that they had not conducted any studies on the loss of smell.

If you or a loved one has used Zicam and suffered side effects, please contact Nix & McIntyre LLP via phone or email.