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Zinc acetate Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Zinc acetate is also known as: Galzin

Zinc acetate Pregnancy Warnings

Zinc acetate has been assigned to pregnancy category A by the FDA. Animal studies have failed to reveal evidence of teratogenicity and fetal harm. Human pregnancy studies have failed to reveal fetal abnormalities in all trimesters of pregnancy. However, the manufacturer states the studies in human pregnancy cannot rule out all possibilities of fetal harm. Therefore, the manufacturer states zinc acetate is recommended for use during pregnancy only if clearly needed and the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

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Zinc acetate Breastfeeding Warnings

The recommended daily allowance of elemental zinc during lactation is 19 mg during the first 6 months and 16 mg during the second 6 months. Zinc is needed for the normal growth and development of breast-fed infants. However, the effect on the breast-fed infant of higher dosages used in Wilson's disease is not known.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. Goldenberg RL, Tamura T, Neggers Y, et al. "The effect of zinc supplementation on pregnancy outcome." JAMA 274 (1995): 463-8
  2. "Product Information. Galzin (zinc acetate)." Gate Pharmaceuticals, Sellersville, PA.
  3. Mahan LK, Escott-Stump S. "Krause's Food, Nutrition, and Diet Therapy. 9th ed." Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company (1996):
  4. Brewer GJ "Practical recommendations and new therapies for Wilson's disease." Drugs 50 (1995): 240-9
  5. Yarze JC, Martin P, Munoz SJ, Friedman LS "Wilson's disease: current status." Am J Med 92 (1992): 643-54

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Galzin (zinc acetate)." Gate Pharmaceuticals, Sellersville, PA.

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