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Zinc supplements are used for the treatment of zinc deficiency, severe diarrhoea, liver cirrhosis, alcoholism and Wilson’s disease.

Pharmacodynamics

No information available

Pharmacokinetics

No information available

Zinc Indications / Zinc Uses

No information available

Zinc Adverse Reactions / Zinc Side Effects

In recommended doses, zinc is likely safe among adults. However, in certain individuals, zinc supplements can cause metallic taste, intestinal damage, vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea. Application of zinc creams in broken skin can cause itching, stinging, burning sensation and tingling.

Precautions

Do not take zinc supplements more than 100 mg/day. It can increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Zinc supplements are contraindicated in HIV/AIDS patients.

Special Precautions

No information available

Other Drug Interactions

Zinc may interact with cisplatin, quinolone antibiotics, tetracycline, amiloride and penicillamine

Other Interactions

No information available

Dosage

For treatment of common cold (Adults):
Consider administration zinc gluconate or acetate lozenge equivalent to 9-24 mg of elemental zinc, every two hours.
 
For treatment of diarrhoea and malnourishment (Adults):
Consider administration of 10-40 mg of zinc, daily
Prevention of pneumonia among malnourished children:
Consider administration of 10-70 mg/day.
 
For treatment of abnormal taste changes (Adults):
Consider administration of 25-100 mg/day.

For treatment of anorexia nervosa (Adults):
Consider administration of 100 mg of zinc gluconate, daily.

For treatment of peptic ulcers (Adults):
Consider administration of 200mg of zinc, thrice daily.

For treatment of muscle cramps in hepatic patients with zinc deficiency (Adults):
Consider administration of 220mg of zinc, twice daily.
 
For treatment of osteoporosis (Adults):
Consider 15 mg of zinc with other supplements including copper, manganese and calcium.
 
For treatment of sickle cell anemia (Adults):
Consider administration of 220mg of zinc, thrice daily.
For treatment of ADHD (Children):
Consider administration of 15-40mg of elemental zinc

For treatment of AMD (Adults):
Consider administration of 80 mg of elemental zinc with vitamins.

For treatment of acne (Adults)
Consider administration of 30-135 mg of elemental zinc, every day.

Food(before/after)

Zinc supplements can be taken before or after food intake

List of Contraindications

Zinc and Pregnancy

Zinc supplements are not classified under USFDA Pregnancy Category. In recommended dietary allowances (RDA), zinc supplements are likely safe for pregnant women. Consult a physician before taking Zinc supplements.

Zinc and Lactation

In recommended dietary allowances (RDA), zinc supplements are likely safe for lactating mothers. Consult a physician before taking Zinc supplements.

Zinc and Children

Do not give Zinc supplements to children unless prescribed by a pediatrician

Zinc and Geriatic

No information available

Zinc and Other Contraindications

No information available

Storage

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Lab interference

No information available

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