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Zinc

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 29, 2019.

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 is used by some people to help with the common cold or lung infections, malaria, or asthma. It may help with wound healing, ulcers, acne, and skin infections. Some people will use zinc to help with age-related problems like macular degeneration or Alzheimer disease. Others will use it to help with loose stools. Some people believe zinc will help with fertility or prevent cancer or anemia. People with anorexia nervosa may use zinc to help gain weight and relieve low mood. Zinc may be used to treat and prevent zinc or vitamin A deficiencies. Others will use it for arsenic or copper poisoning, diabetic nerve damage, AIDS/HIV, or related issues.

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.

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

    • An infection

    • Diabetes

    • Heartburn

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Problems with your mouth like sores or bad taste

  • Feeling dizzy

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 low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad headache

Where can I learn more?

Last Reviewed Date

2017-09-25

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