Why can t you have citrus with zicam?

Zicam is a popular over-the-counter medication used to relieve symptoms of the common cold and flu. It comes in different forms, such as nasal sprays and lozenges, that many people take to help ease their symptoms. However, did you know that you should avoid consuming citrus fruits while on Zicam?

Yes, it’s true! Consuming citrus while taking Zicam can lead to some serious side effects that could worsen your condition instead of helping it. In this article, we’ll explain why this is the case.

What is Zicam?

Before we dive into why you shouldn’t have citrus with Zicam let’s quickly discuss what exactly it is first.

Zicam is an over-the-counter medication known for its ability to reduce the duration and severity of common colds^1. Available in various forms like nasal sprays or lozenges^2, the active ingredients include zinc gluconate and zinc acetate which are believed to work by preventing viruses from replicating in the body^3.

However, despite being effective at treating colds & flus, there’s one major thing you need beware of if using zicom…

Why can’t I eat/drink Citrus when I’m on Zinc based products

You’ve seen all those advertisements on TV telling people how great orange juices are right? Wrong! At least not with Zinc based products…

Citrus fruit contains Vitamin C which has been recognized as an antioxidant promoting good health besides boosting immunity.. However amazingly inaccurate these adverts may be; however what they would never tell us watching tv sitting comfortably on couch/sofa/pj’s et cetera dispositions — Is mixing Zinc-based remedies (e.g.: hand sanitizer) Whilst enjoying high levels of vitamin C could strip our bodies defenses from vital Zinc^4.

This is because Zinc and Vitamin C can have negative effects on each other which then dramatically throws your body off balance leading to an additional bout of illness due to contamination or retention thereafter, with the worst effect being that the action will bring all advantages of taking Zicam straight down the toilet. So no matter how much you find yourself craving some orange juice during cold & flu season while using Zicam, resist!

Other Foods/Drink To Avoid While Taking Zinc

In addition to citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits et cetera any acidic foods / drinks should also be avoided when taking zinc-based products such as:

  • Tomato Juice
  • Mangoes
  • Grapes
  • Lemons/Limes good news…one less decision in life right!
    Well actually there’s more….

Moreover avoid consuming beverages high in caffeine like coffee tea since they could block proper absorption of Zinc by human digestive system.

The same rules apply for eating habits too — Timings!

People who take zinc supplements constantly crave a regular serving schedule day after day; so whether it’s breakfast, lunch stays consistent if you don’t want possible minor side-effects like nausea/emesis where consumed medicine has been eroded away from gastrointestinal tract rather than absorbed through gut walls as desired^5

Side Effects (What happens if I ignore these suggestions)

DID YOU KNOW … Consuming citrus while taking a zinc-based product may result in severe side effects? These include but not limited to:

-High fever

Remember always read instructions provided carefully very thoroughly before administering any medications.

When Should You Use Zicam?

Zicam is most efficient when used correctly! But what is “correct?”

As per interview conducted by Healthline Dr. Dena Grayson suggests those who use symptoms arise administers zicom soonest looking signs.
It’s important not to wait until symptoms get worse because the treatment is most effective when taken earlier on.

However, be careful not to overuse the medication. If you take it excessively, you may experience side effects like headaches and dizziness.
– Don’t use more than directed or recommended for reasons of optimal results
– Consult your doctor if symptoms persist after 7 days’ usage
A combination of above stated rules will lead you too healthier lifestyle very soon post common cold!


In conclusion, consuming citrus fruits while taking Zicam can be potentially harmful^6. It’s essential always read instructions provided with medication before administration (Prescription? Over-the-counter?)
As statements have suggested dosage/mannerism vital hence correct kind helps achieve desired outcome!

Additionally, avoiding acidic foods/drinks as well staying consistent in our consumption schedule would only help us live a healthy life even when suffering from common flu/cold; Regardless of finding ourselves stuck at home due to current ongoing Pandemic encouraging flavored drinks during TV marathons whilst streaming shows…stay smart & stay safe by keeping this key information stored within your mind!.