Zinc sulfate - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Zinc sulfate is a supplement used to treat or prevent zinc deficiency that may occur in individuals on an inadequate diet, in malabsorption syndromes (inability of your intestines to absorb certain nutrients from the food you eat), conditions with increased tissue loss (e.g. trauma, burns), and during parenteral feeding.

This medicine is a source of zinc, which is an important trace element and involved in many body enzyme functions.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Zinc sulfate exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you should take this medicine with or without food. Different brands of this medicine may be taken differently. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Zinc sulfate is available as a capsule, effervescent tablet, and oral syrup.

If you are taking the capsule, swallow it whole with a glass of water.

If you are taking the effervescent tablet, dissolve the tablet in a glass of water and drink the solution.

If you are giving the oral syrup to a child, shake the bottle well before giving the medicine to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure the prescribed dose.

Zinc sulfate must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have a copper deficiency as Zinc sulfate may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Zinc sulfate to a child. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects.
What side effects could I experience?
Zinc sulfate may cause any of the following side effects: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhoea, indigestion, irritability, a feeling of weariness, and headache.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience tiredness or weakness, weak and brittle bones, memory problems, difficulty walking, sensitivity to cold, pale skin, premature grey hair, loss of vision, and frequent sickness.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • certain antibiotics e.g. tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin
  • penicillamine (medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis [inflammation in the joints of fingers, wrist, feet, and ankles])
  • trientine (medicine used to treat Wilson's disease [a rare inherited condition in which the body cannot transport or remove copper in the normal way resulting in copper build-up in the body])
  • supplements or preparations containing copper, calcium or iron
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Zinc sulfate.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements, and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.

Avoid intake of fibre-rich foods such as bran or whole grain cereals and foods high in calcium or phosphorous.

It may be helpful to discuss with your doctor or dietitian about the diet plan that would best suit you.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on zinc sulfate - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2024 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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