Highlights for zinc
zinc Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- chest pain
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- fever, chills, or sore throat
- nausea, vomiting
- ulcers or sores in mouth that do not heal
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- stomach upset
zinc May Interact with Other Medications
- certain antibiotics like quinolones or tetracyclines
- copper supplements
- edetate calcium, EDTA
- iron supplements
How to Use zinc
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Take it on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 to 3 hours after meals, unless your doctor or health care professional tells you otherwise. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- too little copper in the blood
- an unusual or allergic reaction to zinc, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Follow a good diet. Taking a supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have zinc naturally are lean red meats, seafood (especially herring and oysters), peas, and beans.
Too much of this supplement can be unsafe. Talk to your doctor or health care provider about how much is right for you.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Store in a tight container. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: September 15, 2009