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What is Zicam For?

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What is Zicam For-Stopping the Cold Virus and More

Zicam Cold Remedy offers an easy way to get zinc where it is needed to stop the cold virus. Zinc is an amazing natural mineral and micro-nutrient. It has many benefits to our health. Zicam can be useful for other purposes such as fighting allergies and inflammation but Zicam Cold Remedy is advertised for treating the common cold and that is what most people use it for.

There are multiple kinds of Zicam including Zicam Cold Remedy (in sprays, chews, rapid melts and more) and Zicam Allergy. Zicam Cold Remedy is the original and most common form and come in many flavors such as mint, cherry, orange, berry and more. The fruit drops in the Mixed Fruit variety are by far my favorite. They taste amazing and are better than all the other Zicam Cold Remedy varieties in my opinion.

If you don’t like the taste of medicine or have tried other forms of Zicam, trust me, the Fruit Drops are different. I was shocked at how good they taste.

How Does Zicam Work?

Zicam works because zinc can stop the replication of the common cold virus. Replication is the way viruses reproduce so Zicam basically stops the virus from spreading. This is why it is important to catch a cold very early for Zicam to work. If you have already been sick for days it might not do much.  When you are just starting to feel the first signs of a cold like watery eyes or sneezing you should start taking Zicam. A cold starts in the throat and sinuses and that is where Zicam goes to work to stop it spreading and progressing.

Is Zicam Different than Other Supplements?

Yes, Zicam is unique because of the delivery method. If you take a zinc supplement it goes straight to your stomach. Zicam works because it is slowly dissolved in your mouth and the zinc can absorb straight into your mouth and throat. Cold viruses start out in our throat and sinuses. By catching the viruses in these areas early on, the zinc comes in contact with the viruses and stops them from spreading. Swallowing a pill or capsule that goes to the stomach would not work the same way as Zicam’s direct contact.

Zicam is different than typical cold medication since those only treat the symptom whereas Zicam stops the virus itself. Why treat the symptoms and be sick for a week when you could take Zicam and be better in a day?

Zicam Medicated Fruit Drops

Zicam Medicated Fruit Drops come in Mixed Fruit, Elderberry and Super Orange.  Mixed Fruit have three different flavored drops in the bottle. These are lemon, orange and fruit punch (or berry) flavor drops. The lemon tastes like sweet lemonade but more interesting, the orange tastes like old-fashioned candied orange candy gummies and the berry tastes like mixed fruit punch.

Zicam Medicated Fruit Drops are also available in Elderberry flavor. These are not bad either and elderberry has many healthy properties of it’s own. To be honest the mixed fruit and orange flavors have higher reviews for taste however.

The third option is Super Orange. I am guessing these are the same as the orange drops in the Mixed Fruit mix but I have not tried them. The orange drops in the mix are great though.

Does Zicam Really Work?

Yes! I have used Zicam for many, many years and it works wonders. I would never be without it during cold season. I have tried Vitamin C, Echinecea, Emergen-C and so many other products and none of them do much for me. Zicam works 9 out of 10 times I use it and just stops the cold.

What Else is Zicam Good For?

The active ingredient in Zicam is zinc. Zinc is great for a number of health conditions but it can be inconvenient to take and less effective in other forms. I take Zicam when I want a quick, easy dose of zinc for a number of reasons. Zinc helps treat allergies by reducing the histamine response to allergens. Zinc is also a natural anti-inflammatory so it can help with bursitis, tendinitis and other inflammatory conditions. I accidentally discovered this when I realized my bursitis was better whenever I took Zicam for a cold. After some research I discovered the strong anti-inflammatory properties of zinc. I later learned that it helped my seasonal allergies as well and was amazed to learn it is a natural anti-histamine.

Does Zicam Have Side Effects?

The only common side effect of Zicam is easily avoided. Zinc can cause an upset stomach but if you eat food before you take it you should have no problem. Don’t eat a bunch of these at once. It might be tempting because the fruit drops taste like fruit candy but stick to the dosage.

High doses of zinc taken over a long period of time can inhibit absorption of other minerals by the body. Taking a high dose of Zicam (many times per day) over a long period could have the same effect.

Zicam (zinc) can interact with some prescriptions and antibiotics so ask your doctor.

The old nasal swabs that Zicam first introduced decades ago was blamed for causing a loss of smell. I did not experience that but in any case the new formula for the nasal swabs no longer contains zinc so this is not a concern. The nasal swabs with zinc were removed from the market years ago and replaced with new ingredients that are herbal only.

Can Kids Take Zicam?

Yes, there is a Zicam Kids variety (in a grape flavored chew) and kids should be fine taking a lower dose of regular Zicam I would think but of course consult with your doctor. I only take one or two per day unless I feel very sick. If you only gave kids one per day it would be a conservative dose. I am not a doctor though so this is a non-medical opinion.

How to Take Zicam

Make sure you pay attention to the directions. If you don’t take Zicam properly it may not work. I recommend you have food on your stomach when you take it to prevent any stomach upset. You should not eat or drink for 15 minutes after you take it however. You don’t want to wash it out of your mouth with food and drink. Do not have citrus within 30 minutes before or after taking Zicam to maximize effectiveness. Take Zicam every 3 or 4 hours when you feel a cold starting. For long term use for immunity and anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effects you can take less. I take one or two a day.

Which Type of Zicam Should You Take?

That is a matter of preference. You can choose a cherry or mint spray, lozenge, soft chew or my favorite fruit drops.  My second favorite flavor is the orange cream rapid melt.  I vastly prefer the fruit drops to other forms. They taste GOOD. I am really not kidding! I get the fruit drops in Mixed Fruit which has three flavors (red berry, orange, and lemonade). If you prefer mint, cherry or other flavors there are options for you as well.

Please Leave a Comment!

If you have questions or thoughts, please leave a comment below!

Jessica

Note: I am not a doctor or medical professional. These recommendations are based on personal experience and research. Consult a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options. 

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25 Comments

  1. Henderson

    Zicam sounds like a very good product. The fact that it has different varieties is one of those things that cut it for me. I am very happy that I can learn all this and to see that the cold virus has found its match. I think that if I would go for this product then it is the rapid melt that will work. I see you mention that you have used it for many years. That’s very good. Thanks for the review.

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    1. admin

      Hello Henderson,

      I have taken it since I was a kid and I am 39 now so I am not exagerrating when I say I have taken it for decades! I really love that the new fruit drops have such a great flavor. The orange cream flavor rapid melt is my next preference.

      Thanks,

      Jessica

      Reply
  2. Son

    Yeah I’ve heard that zinc is a very important nutrient that’s responsible for helping the body heal, so I’m not surprised that it can cure the cold virus and allergies. I typically have allergies whenever I’m cleaning the house and dust particles fly everywhere, I might give Zicam a try for that. Those fruit drops on Amazon look like really tasty candies. If I take it every single day would I develop some tolerance to it? Should I only use it when I really need it?

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    1. admin

      Hello Son,

      No, I don’t think you develop a tolerance if you only took one per day but I am not sure. The active ingredient in Zicam is zinc which we all get in our diets but it is not as common as some other nutrients. The best food source for zinc is oysters but not everyone eats oysters! There are many other food sources but the zinc in them is in very small amounts. If you take high doses of zinc every day you can mess up the absorption of other minerals. I take one per day much of the winter to avoid seasonal colds etc. and I take one per day in the spring for allergies. If I started feeling like I have a cold I would take them multiple times per day. 

      Thanks for your thoughts here,

      Jessica

      Reply
  3. John

    It is truly very nice to learn about this. I have some very serious allergies like dust. When I get in the dust and inhale anything from it, it really damages me and makes me sneeze uncontrollably. At this point, I did not think that Zinc could help me at all. This is very nice to learn. Than you very much for sharing this. I would definitely buy this product. Cheers!

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    1. admin

      Hello John,

      I love that Zicam is zinc which is a mineral we all need in our diets anyway. I hope you try it and it helps you.

      Thanks!

      Jessica

      Reply
  4. Paul

    Hi Jessica,

    It’s great that Zicam prevents the replication of the common cold virus. I am really amazed at the benefits of Zinc and thanks for taking the time to do this..

    I am struggling with common cold and the timing I came across this post is amazing. I got helpful insights from your informative and helpful post.

    I will go with your recommendation when it comes to flavors that is Fruit Drops (orange). When I checked the price its under my budget and 25 drops is great. Overall customer ratings and reviews are good. Zicam Cold Remedy Medicated Fruit Drops is on my list.

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    1. admin

      Sounds good Paul,

      I bet you will be surprised by the flavor. I sure was! They really don’t taste like medicine at all but I know they are packed full of zinc so it’s not a useless medication that only treats the symptoms like other cold medicines. The zinc is healthy for us anyway so it’s a win, win, win. It treats the cold by stopping the virus, helps us by supplying zinc and tastes good. 

      Thanks for your thoughts here,

      Jessica

      Reply
  5. Shifts

    Truth is this is my first time to know Zicam. I am used to other various methods of stopping the cold virus like taking peels and others. I am quite amazed at the way Zicam operates and stop the virus from spreading into all parts of the body. This is a really good supplement as it comes directly in contact with the virus unlike drugs. I love it.

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    1. admin

      Hello Shifts,

      Yes, Zicam is unique and I love that it is so simple. It is zinc but in a form that allows it to come in contact with the virus rather than a pill or capsule you swallow. There are not a ton of other ingredients either. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

      Reply
  6. Techie

    Hi Jessica. I did not only discover something new in this post, I learnt a lot about cold (cold has a virus? Wow!) and how it can be stopped.

    I love Zicam as it is not only effective for cold just as you have mentioned. Zinc is one of the good element we need in our body and we can easily get it by taking Zicam.

    Thanks for sharing this piece.

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    1. admin

      Thanks Techie,

      I love that Zicam is made with zinc so it is actually good for us. I am amazed at all the ways zinc is beneficial and will always use Zicam! It really stops a cold and the Fruit Drops taste good too.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

      Reply
  7. Rodarrick

    One thing that impresses me so well concerning this product is the fact that it comes in varieties and with that, makes a whole new addition to the preference and options made available to one. I truly fancy this post and the fact that zicam can outmatch cold and cut it from having Dominion over us. Great one and I should probably go for this

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    1. admin

      Hello Rodarrick,

      I agree. I get the Mixed Fruit because all three of the flavors are great. I am not sure which one is my favorite because they are all honestly delicious. I don’t take that lightly and don’t ever say I like something to “sell” it. I really love the orange and lemon flavors best but can’t decide between them. 

      I just had one a few minutes ago since I am surrounded by sick people lately. 

      Thanks!

      Jessica

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  8. Benson

    Hello Jessica, a very clear and convincing article. This is a really nice product and i commend the fact that its natural. Cold virus is very common where i live and i have suffered from it a couple of time which gave me so much stress dealing with it.  I love the honesty shown in this article in aspect of side effects which was stated. Is this product safe to use by kids of all age or there is a limit?

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    1. admin

      Hello Benson,
      Regular Zicam is labeled for kids 12 and up. “Zicam Kids” can be used by younger kids. Honestly I would suspect younger kids could take regular Zicam in small doses (just give them 1 maybe) but I am not a doctor so I cannot say. I would not hesitate giving one to a kid to keep them from getting sick since it is just zinc which occurs naturally in foods anyway. 

      Thanks!

      Jessica

      Reply
  9. Bella

    Having such a wonderful product at home would be a really nice idea because one never know when all these small sicknesses would break out in the house and so you wouldn’t need to run around trying to find a cure to it. The fact that it comes in different flavours makes it really comfortable for those who are not may be sick of smell and then the taste of their favourite fruit can be the one they get. Very nice product.

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    1. admin

      Hello Bella,

      I just had an orange fruit drop now since it is cold season here and everyone is sick. These are the best tasting ‘medicine’ I have ever had! Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

      Reply
  10. KingAndrea

    Wow, this is really mind blowing, I actually like to be very careful with the kind of medications and supplements I buy online, why? There are so many incredible products that are flocking the market, thanks for sharing this honest review of Zicam. Zicam sounds like it is of great help, stopping the cold virus, and it’s available in different forms which is interesting, it’ll make it easy for you to choose. Thanks

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  11. Dave Sweney

    This was a new product for me, I had never heard of the Zicam Cold Remedy prior to coming across it in a search I was doing. I decided to check your article out to find out more. After reading through everything, it seems to me that it really can be helpful in stopping the cold virus and a lot more.

    I have been overseas so often this is the case. I will hear about the supplements and medications that are in the market long after they are available. Now that I know, this seems like an ideal way for me to avoid getting the colds and more that happen to me each year around this time. The next mission is to order it and get it delivered. Thanks for the tips, this was a good find for me today! 

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    1. admin

      Hello Dave,

      I hope you got some Zicam and it is keeping you healthy in your travels!

      Jessica

      Reply
  12. Rob

    I had never heard of Zicam before.  Do you know if the citrus and fruit ones contain any real fruit or not?  I have some allergies that may trigger.

    Do you take some daily?  Or only when you are feeling flare ups?

    I’m excited about the prospect of using this for my seasonal allergies next year.

    Reply
    1. admin

      Hello Rob,

      They say “natural flavors” in some of the products and “natural and artificial flavors” in some of the other products. So, I really don’t know if there is any real citrus. Sorry!

      Yes, I take one every day during cold season (since you never know when you have been exposed to the virus) and one per day during allergy season since the zinc helps me due to it’s antihistamine properties. 

      Thanks!

      Jessica

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  13. Julia

    That’s interesting! I wasn’t familiar with the health benefits of zinc. It’s good to know that it stops a virus from spreading, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps in treating allergies. 

    I should definitely purchase Zicam. Nobody is safe from a cold, and my husband suffers from allergies. Also, thank you for recommending your favorite taste, the Fruit Drops. 

    Could Zicam cause any side-effects? 

    Why are there different products for treating different ailments? Do ingredients vary? What else does it contain besides zinc?

    Thank you, Jessica. Take care,

    ~ Julia

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    1. admin

      Hello Julia, 

      Sorry about the delayed response. I just finished a post that lists the other ingredients in Zicam. Your question got me looking and I found there are some variations among different Zicam products. Some have extra ingredients like elderberry whereas others have no zinc at all (the nasal products). Thanks for your question. Here is a link to my new post. 

      https://nutrientcures.com/what-is-in-zicam

      The only common side effect is an upset stomach if you take Zicam without having food first. Zinc is hard on an empty stomach. There can be interactions with other medications and antibiotics so it is good to check with a pharmacist if you take other medications. 

      Thanks!

      Jessica

      Reply

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