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Information about Zinc 15

Brand Name(s): Orazinc, Verazinc, Zinc 15, Zinc Gluconate, Zinc Sulfate, Zincate

Generic Name Zinc Salts tablets or capsules

What are zinc tablets or capsules?

ZINC SALTS are needed by the body to maintain normal structure and function. Zinc supplements treat or prevent zinc deficiency in patients whose zinc needs are not supplied by a normal diet or who are receiving intravenous feeding. Zinc acetate (Galzin®) is also used to reduce the amount of copper in patients who have too much copper in their body (Wilson's disease). Generic preparations of zinc capsules or tablets are available.

What should my health care professional know before I take zinc salts?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • too little copper in the blood
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to zinc salts, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take zinc tablets or capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water. Take on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals, unless your prescriber or health care professional tells you otherwise. Do not take within 2 hours of iron, copper, or phosphorus supplements. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take more than the prescribed dose.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

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 drug(s) may interact with zinc salts?

  • certain antibiotics (quinolones or tetracyclines)
  • copper supplements
  • iron supplements
  • phosphorus supplements

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking zinc salts?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • anemia
  • chest pain
  • fever, chills, or sore throat
  • dizziness or fainting
  • shortness of breath, wheezing
  • ulcers or sores in mouth that do not heal
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

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

  • abdominal pain
  • heartburn
  • stomach upset

Let your prescriber or health care professional know about this side effect if it does not go away or if it annoys you.

What should I watch for while taking zinc salts?

Zinc is a normal part of a regular diet. Foods that contain significant amounts of zinc include: lean red meats, seafoods (especially herring and oysters), peas, and beans. Zinc is also in whole-grains, however, do not use large amounts of whole-grain foods because this may cause a decrease in amount of zinc taken into the body. Ask your prescriber or health care professional about the need to take extra zinc.

The absorption of zinc can be reduced if you take it with high-fiber foods, large amounts of alcohol or drinks containing caffeine. Do not take zinc salts within 2 hours of any other medication taken by mouth.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

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


(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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