I'm fighting off a cold, so I bought Zicam oral spray at the pharmacy. I've used the nasal spray gel with reasonable success, but the store was sold out of it. The oral spray left me with a nasty, bitter, awful taste in the back of my throat. I've gotten a milder version of that taste from zinc lozonges, and expected a bit of it, but this was AWFUL! Made me nauseated, it was so bitter. It's been an hour, and the taste is still hanging in the back of my throat. yuck. Not sure I will use the spray again, might return it, if the store will take it back. Anyone have any comments on this? Is this a common response to oral zinc? Or just me??? Thanks, Beth.