Cold Remedy FAQ's

How does Cold-EEZE work?


Cold-EEZE® lozenges contain a unique zinc gluconate glycine -- a zinc cold medicine formula and delivery system that has demonstrated strong clinical evidence in scientific studies including one at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic.

Experts believe the human cold virus causes infection by attaching to ICAM-1 receptors in the upper respiratory system. Similarly, some experts theorize that zinc ions also attach to ICAM-1 receptors, blocking the cold virus from attaching to the receptors and preventing the cold virus from replicating.  Zinc gluconate lozenges dissolve slowly in the mouth which provides time for zinc ions to be released and fight the cold virus.  The formula and the delivery have demonstrated results. See More


How do I use Cold-EEZE?


For maximum effectiveness, start taking Cold-EEZE® at the first sign of a cold, or anytime. Symptoms could include one or more of the following: cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip and/or hoarseness. Keep taking Cold-EEZE® until all symptoms are gone. Your cold may still last a couple of days after you start taking Cold-EEZE®. If Cold-EEZE® is stopped too soon, your cold can return to full strength.

Do not take Cold-EEZE® lozenges or tablets on an empty stomach. As with many remedies and supplements, Cold-EEZE® on an empty stomach might cause mild upset.

Citrus fruits or juices may prevent Cold-EEZE® from working properly; therefore, do not eat or drink citrus fruits or juices 30 minutes before or after taking Cold-EEZE® lozenges or tablets.  Otherwise, drink plenty of fluids.

If you experience a fever or stomach ache while taking Cold-EEZE®, please call your healthcare professional. This can mean you don't have a common cold virus. Other treatment may be needed.

What are the recommended dosages?


Lozenge/QuickMelt: Completely dissolve a Cold-EEZE® lozenge and/or QuickMelt in mouth. Do not chew. Repeat every 2 to 4 hours and until symptoms go away / subside. The recommended daily dosage of Cold-EEZE® lozenges is 6 per day.

Oral Spray: Spray 2 times in mouth at the onset of symptoms on inside of cheeks, roof of mouth and gums. Retain for 15 seconds. Swallow. Repeat every 2-4 hours as needed until symptoms subside.

Chocolate Mint Sugar Free Tablets (safe for daibetics): Completely dissolve one Cold-EEZE® Sugar Free tablet in your mouth. DO NOT CHEW OR SWALLOW TABLETS WHOLE. Repeat every hour as needed. Recommended daily dosage is 16 tablets per day.

Can I take other medicines while taking Cold-EEZE®?


While Cold-EEZE® can be safely taken with most other medications, including other cough/cold products, you should always inform your healthcare provider that you are taking Cold-EEZE® or any other medications. Zinc is a trace mineral and it has been reported to make doxycycline, minocycline tetracycline as well as Coumadin less effective. It may keep those drugs from absorbing effectively. If you are taking those drugs, ask your doctor before you use Cold-EEZE®. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

When you made the flavors better tasting, did you change the Cold-EEZE® formula?


Cold-EEZE® still has the same formula of zinc gluconate glycine that has been clinically proven to reduce the severity and duration of the common cold.  The new better tasting lozenges are just as effective as the original.  The only thing missing is the strong aftertaste.

Do Cold-EEZE® lozenges cause anosmia?


Cold-EEZE® lozenges are dissolved orally. There is no association in the medical literature nor are there any confirmed cases of oral zinc remedies (Cold-EEZE®) causing anosmia.

Is Cold-EEZE® affected by the FDA recall of Zicam intra-nasal products?


No. Cold-EEZE® is not affected by the recall. The recall only applies to Zicam's intra-nasal products.

Is Cold-EEZE® safe to give to my children?


Cold-EEZE® has been studied and shown to be effective in adolescents and adults (aged 12 years and over). Cold-EEZE® does not have studies confirming effectiveness and safety for children under the age of 12. As with all treatments for your child, the best source of information is your pediatrician. Consult with your pediatrician before giving your child this or any other medication.

Does Cold-EEZE® contain gluten?


Cold-EEZE® is a gluten-free product and safe for people with Celiac disease.

How many grams of carbohydrates are in Cold-EEZE®?


There are 4.5 g carbohydrates and about 13 calories in each Cold-EEZE® lozenge.

Each Sugar Free Cold-EEZE® Lozenge contains 2.24 g of carbohydrates and 9 calories.

Sugar Free Cold-EEZE® tablets contain 0 g of carbohydrates and 0 calories.

Is Cold-EEZE® safe for people with heart disease and high blood pressure?


Unlike many decongestants available on the market, Cold-EEZE® does not contain any ingredients that have been shown to raise blood pressure and does not include warnings for people with heart disease, diabetes or hypertension.

Is Cold-EEZE® safe for pregnant women?


The recommended daily allowance for zinc increases during pregnancy from 12 mg to 25 mg per day. A daily dosage of (6) six Cold-EEZE® lozenges delivers 80 mg of elemental zinc. As pre-natal vitamins contain elevated dosages of zinc, and a normal 2000-calorie diet delivers approximately 10mg of zinc per day, the addition of Cold-EEZE® lozenges (13.3 mg each) may exceed upper limits for daily intake. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, ask a health professional before use. Your OB/GYN will have guidelines for which cough/cold products he or she recommends. Please refer to their recommendations.

Is Cold-EEZE® safe for people with diabetes?


Sugar-Free Cold-EEZE® tablets have been shown in one clinical study not to adversely affect the blood sugar of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics. The study was conducted at the Diabetes and Glandular Disease Clinic in San Antonio, Texas. It was published in the Journal of American Therapeutics. To learn more, click here.

Does Cold-EEZE® have an expiration date?


Cold-EEZE® lozenges are homeopathic and therefore not required to carry an expiration date. The numbers on the side of your box of Cold-EEZE® are lot numbers used specifically for internal tracking purposes and do not indicate a date.

Cold-EEZE® QuickMelts® and Cold-EEZE® Oral Spray have expiration dates which are printed on the bottom of the packages.