I’m giving away two packs of Zicam Cold Remedy Zavors and Cold Remedy Plus Liqui-Loz (just in time for the cold and flu season). Zicam Liqui-Loz is a soothing lozenge with a tasty, liquid-gel center while Zicam Zavors has a crunchy outer shell with a soft, chewable center. Zicam Cold Remedy is suppose to reduce the duration and severity of the cold when taken as directed within the first 24 to 48 hours of symptom onset.
According to Wikipedia:
The active ingredient in Zicam Cold Remedy is zinc gluconate. Some research suggests that zinc-based remedies may reduce the duration of the common cold and reduce the severity of cold symptoms. Another study indicates that zinc-based remedies can relieve symptoms of hay fever and other upper respiratory allergies. A 2003 review in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association reported that the majority of studies supported the value of zinc in reducing the duration and severity of symptoms of the common cold when administered within 24 hours of the onset of common cold symptoms. However, a systematic review published in 2006 in Clinical Infectious Diseases found that many of the studies of zinc in the common cold suffered from methodologic flaws; restricting the analysis to well designed studies, the authors concluded that the therapeutic effectiveness of zinc lozenges has yet to be established.
If you want to try out the Zicam Cold Remedy products, you’re in luck. I’m giving away two Zicam prize packs (limited to US addresses). To enter the giveaway, sign-up for the Zicam “I Can” Club and then leave a comment below. The Zicam “I Can” Club is free and you’ll get wellness tips, cold and flu alerts, and coupons. Note: you can unsubscribe at any time. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 25th.
[Disclosure: I received a package of Zicam Cold Remedy Zavors and Cold Remedy Plus Liqui-Loz to try out. However, I have not tried them yet because I do not have any cold symptoms.]
[Note: The FDA advised consumers to discontinue use of three nasally administered versions of Zicam Cold Remedy (Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, and Kids Size Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs) because the FDA had associated a serious risk of anosmia with them. The advisory did not implicate other Zicam products (such as the products in the prize pack). Matrixx (the maker of Zicam) recalled the affected products. However, the company has maintained that most cases of anosmia are due to the common cold itself.]