Zinc sulfate

Pronunciation

Generic Name: zinc sulfate (zink SUL-fate)
Brand Name: Examples include Orazinc and Zincate

Zinc sulfate is used for:

Treating zinc deficiency. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Zinc sulfate is a mineral. It works by replacing zinc in the body.

Do NOT use zinc sulfate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in zinc sulfate

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using zinc sulfate:

Some medical conditions may interact with zinc sulfate. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including dairy products)
  • if you have low levels of copper in the blood

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with zinc sulfate.

Ask your health care provider if zinc sulfate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use zinc sulfate:

Use zinc sulfate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take zinc sulfate by mouth with a meal.
  • Avoid taking zinc sulfate at the same time as foods that contain bran, calcium, or phosphorus. They may decrease the amount of zinc sulfate absorbed into the body.
  • If you take eltrombopag, a quinolone antibiotic (eg, levofloxacin), or a tetracycline antibiotic (eg, doxycycline), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with zinc sulfate.
  • If you miss a dose of zinc sulfate, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use zinc sulfate.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Zinc sulfate should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in these children has not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using zinc sulfate while you are pregnant. Zinc sulfate is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use zinc sulfate, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of zinc sulfate:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Nausea; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe vomiting; unusual restlessness; very dry mouth, eyes, or skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include severe vomiting; unusual restlessness; unusual tiredness or weakness; or very dry mouth, eyes, or skin.

Proper storage of zinc sulfate:

Store zinc sulfate at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep zinc sulfate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about zinc sulfate, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Zinc sulfate is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take zinc sulfate or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about zinc sulfate. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to zinc sulfate. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using zinc sulfate.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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