zinc acetate (generic name)

It is added to a healthy diet to prevent or to treat low zinc levels
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What is this medicine?

Zinc (zingk) is needed by the body to maintain normal structure and function. It is added to a healthy diet to prevent or to treat low zinc levels. It is also used to treat Wilson's disease.

This supplement may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • too little copper in the blood
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to zinc, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Take it on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 to 3 hours after meals, unless your doctor or health care professional tells you otherwise. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • certain antibiotics like quinolones or tetracyclines
  • copper supplements
  • edetate calcium, EDTA
  • iron supplements

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Follow a good diet. Taking a supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have zinc naturally are lean red meats, seafood (especially herring and oysters), peas, and beans.

Too much of this supplement can be unsafe. Talk to your doctor or health care provider about how much is right for you.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • fever, chills, or sore throat
  • nausea, vomiting
  • ulcers or sores in mouth that do not heal
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • heartburn
  • stomach upset

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Store in a tight container. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: September 15, 2009
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