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Zinc

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 5, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • Acexamate de Zinc
  • Acétate de Zinc
  • Aspartate de Zinc
  • Atomic Number 30
  • Chlorure de Zinc
  • Citrate de Zinc
  • Gluconate de Zinc
  • Monométhionine de Zinc
  • Méthionine de Zinc
  • Numéro Atomique 30
  • Orotate de Zinc
  • Oxyde de Zinc
  • Picolinate de Zinc
  • Pyrithione de Zinc
  • Sulfate de Zinc
  • Zinc Acetate
  • Zinc Acexamate
  • Zinc Ascorbate
  • Zinc Aspartate
  • Zinc Chloride
  • Zinc Citrate
  • Zinc Difumarate Hydrate
  • Zinc Gluconate
  • Zinc Methionate
  • Zinc Methionine
  • Zinc Monomethionine
  • Zinc Murakab
  • Zinc Orotate
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Zinc Picolinate
  • Zinc Pyrithione
  • Zinc Sulfate
  • Zinc Sulphate
  • Zincum Aceticum
  • Zincum Gluconicum
  • Zincum Metallicum
  • Zincum Valerianicum
  • Zn

What is this product used for?

Zinc may help with loose stools. It may help men with fertility problems. Zinc helps wounds to heal and it decreases the chance of older people getting pneumonia. Zinc may help with some symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.

  • Take extra care if you are taking antibiotics. These are drugs like ciprofloxacin, cephalexin, or doxycycline.

  • Take extra care if you are taking vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, copper, or vitamin A. Zinc may lower the absorption of these products.

  • Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • An infection

    • Cancer

    • Heartburn

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Problems with your mouth like sores or bad taste

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or pain.

  • Signs of very low copper in your blood. These include low energy, tiredness, tingling or pain in hands and feet, pneumonia, or other infection.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad headache

  • Loss of appetite

Where can I learn more?

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/

Last Reviewed Date

2022-04-13

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