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Active substance(s): ZINC SULFATE / ZINC SULFATE

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Patient Information Leaflet

What you should know about this medicine
 Zinc Sulfate Capsules contain zinc sulfate BP 220mg as the active ingredient. Each
capsule also contains lactose, pre-gelatinised maize starch, talc, colloidal silicon dioxide,
patent blue V (E131), brilliant black BN (E151), titanium dioxide (E171) and gelatin as
the inactive ingredients.
 This medicine is available in pack sizes of 28, 30, 42, 50, 56, 60, 84, 90, 100, 112, 250,
500 and 1000 tablets.
 Product licence holder: Crescent Pharma Ltd, Units 3 & 4, Quidhampton Business
Units, Polhampton Lane, Overton, Hampshire, RG25 3ED.
 Manufacturer: Regent-GM Laboratories Limited, Cunard Road, North Acton, London
NW10 6PN.
This medicine is used as a supplement to treat zinc deficiency, which may occur:
a) in individuals on an inadequate or restricted diet
b) in people suffering from malabsorption (inadequate absorption of nutrients into the
c) in people with increased tissue loss due to burns, trauma and protein-losing conditions,
d) in people who are undergoing intravenous feeding (feeding of nutrients through veins).
What you should check before taking this medicine
 Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to zinc, E131, E151, E171 or any of the
other ingredients listed above. E151 can cause allergic-type reactions including asthma.
Allergy is more common in those people who are allergic to aspirin.

Do not take this medicine if you suffer from copper deficiency.

Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

 Consult your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you can
buy without prescription. This is particularly important if you are taking:
- copper supplements
- tetracyclines; antibiotics such as oxytetracycline, used to treat infections and to control
- ciprofloxacin; an antibacterial used to treat infections such as gastroenteritis, (the
symptoms of which are diarrhoea), meningitis and skin infections
- penicillamine; a chelating agent used in the treatment of Wilson’s disease and in the
therapy of rheumatoid arthritis
- iron
- phosphorous containing medication and foods such as milk or poultry
- phytates (found in bran and whole grain breads)
- fibre-containing foods such as cereals.

As a result of interactions with this medicine and any of the above products, a period of two
hours should elapse between administration of the above products and zinc.
 This medicine is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Do not give it to
a child under twelve unless your doctor has prescribed it.
How to take the medicine
 Swallow the capsules whole with water an hour before food or two hours after meals.
The label on the medicine will tell you how many capsules to take and how often. If it
doesn’t, or you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.


Adults, Children over 12 years and the Elderly
1 capsule three times a day.
 Always follow the doctor’s instructions. If you are not sure about anything, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
 If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost
time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular dosing schedule.
 If you think you have taken too many capsules, drink plenty of water or milk and contact
your doctor straight away or go to the nearest hospital casualty department. Take with you
any remaining capsules and the container so that the medicine can be identified.
After taking this medicine
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them..
The side effects include indigestion, stomach pains, nausea and blood disorders such as
leucopenia (fever, chills, sore throat), or neutropenia (continuing ulcers or sores in the

Consult your doctor if any of these symptoms persist or become troublesome.

 Tell your doctor straight away if you get a rash for the first time after taking the medicine
as it may be a sign of allergy.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Storing this medicine
 Keep this medicine stored below 25ºC and protect from light and moisture.
 Keep out of the sight and reach of children. These capsules could harm them.
 If your doctor decides to stop treatment, return any left over capsules to the pharmacist.
Only keep them if the doctor tells you to.
 This medicine is for YOU. Only a doctor can prescribe it. Never give the medicine to
someone else. The capsules may harm them even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
 Do not take the capsules if the expiry date on the label has passed.
Date of revision of leaflet:

June 2015

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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