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Zinc

What is it?

Zinc is an essential trace element. Supplements are used to treat problems caused by not having enough zinc in the body, such as slow healing. It is also used for treating the common cold, Wilson's disease, dental plaque, and acne, and it may boost the immune system.

Other names for zinc include: Zinc acetate, Zinc gluconate, Zinc picolinate, Zinc sulfate, Zincum.

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

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much zinc you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking zinc. 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 Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.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 zinc without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

Warnings:

Side Effects:

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:

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.

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16. Product Information: Cipro(R), ciprofloxacin. Bayer Corporation, West Haven, CT, 2002.

17. Product Information: Factive(R), gemifloxacin mesylate tablets. Genesoft Pharmaceuticals, Seoul, Korea, 2003.

18. Product Information: Floxin(R), ofloxacin. Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., Raritan, NJ, 2000.

19. Product Information: Levaquin(R), levofloxacin. Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., Raritan, NJ, 2000.

20. Product Information: Noroxin(R), norfloxacin. Merck & Co., West Point, PA, 1999.

21. Product Information: Tequin(TM), gatifloxacin. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ, 1999.

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27. Product Information: GALZIN(TM), oral capsule, zinc acetate oral capsule. Gate Pharmaceuticals, Sellersville, PA, 2002.

28. Product Information: PROMACTA(R) oral tablets, eltrombopag oral tablets. Glaxo Smith Kline, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2008.


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