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Galzin

Generic Name: zinc acetate (ZINK AS e tate)
Brand Name: Galzin

Medically reviewed on December 15, 2017

What is Galzin?

Zinc is a naturally occurring mineral. Zinc is important for growth and for the development and health of body tissues.

Galzin is used to treat and to prevent zinc deficiency.

Galzin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Before using Galzin, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to use this medicine if you have certain medical conditions.

Avoid taking this medication with foods that are high in calcium or phosphorus, which can make it harder for your body to absorb Galzin. Foods high in calcium or phosphorus include milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, dried beans or peas, lentils, nuts, peanut butter, beer, cola soft drinks, and hot cocoa.

Galzin can make certain antibiotics less effective. Tell your doctor about all other medications you are using before you start taking this medicine.

Before taking this medicine

Before using Galzin, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to use this medicine if you have certain medical conditions.

It is not known whether Galzin will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medicine without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether zinc acetate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Galzin?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take Galzin with a full glass of water.

Take Galzin with food if it upsets your stomach.

Your healthcare provider may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from Galzin. The recommended dietary allowance of zinc acetate increases with age. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. You may also consult the National Academy of Sciences "Dietary Reference Intake" or the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Dietary Reference Intake" (formerly "Recommended Daily Allowances" or RDA) listings for more information.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, severe vomiting, dehydration, and restlessness.

What should I avoid while taking Galzin?

Avoid taking this medication with foods that are high in calcium or phosphorus, which can make it harder for your body to absorb Galzin. Foods high in calcium or phosphorus include milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, dried beans or peas, lentils, nuts, peanut butter, beer, cola soft drinks, and hot cocoa.

Galzin side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Galzin?

The following drugs can interact with or be made less effective by Galzin. Tell your doctor if you are using any of these:

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Galzin. Tell your healthcare provider about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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