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Copper

What is it?

Copper is a trace mineral taken as a supplement for the prevention of cardiovascular (heart) disease, anemia, to enhance immunity, and to treat arthritis.

Other names for Copper include: Copper Salicylate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Picolinate, and Copper Gluconate.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Copper you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Copper. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take Copper without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Zinc or zinc-containing products, do not take at the same time as Copper, separate use by at least 2 hours

Warnings:

  • Before taking Copper, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • As little as 3.5 grams of Copper can cause death (1)
  • Using too much Copper or using Copper for too long may cause liver cirrhosis (5)

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Upset stomach has been reported with use of 10 milligrams of Copper and 60 milligrams may cause vomiting (1)

References:

1. Murray, MT: Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements. Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA; 1996.

2. Klevay LM: Dietary copper: A powerful determinant of cholesterolemia. Medical Hypothesis 1987; 24:11-119.

3. Reiser S, Powell A, Yang, C et al: Effect of copper intake on blood cholesterol and its lipoprotein distribution in men. Nutr Rep Intl 1987; 36:641-649.

4. Marz RB: Medical Nutrition From Marz, 2nd ed. Omni-Press, Portland, OR; 1997.

5. Anon: Recommended Dietary Allowances, 10th ed. National Academy Press, Washington, DC; 1989.


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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