Generic Name: zinc sulfate (ZINK SUL fate)Brand Names: Orazinc 110, Orazinc 220, Verazinc, Zinc 50 mg Pink, Zinc-220, Zincate
Zinc is a naturally occurring mineral. Zinc is important for growth and for the development and health of body tissues.
Zinc sulfate is used to treat and to prevent zinc deficiency.
Zinc sulfate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before taking zinc sulfate, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Zinc sulfate may not be recommended in some situations.Avoid taking this medication with foods that are high in calcium or phosphorus, which can make it harder for your body to absorb zinc sulfate. Foods high in calcium or phosphorus include milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, dried beans or peas, lentils, nuts, peanut butter, beer, cola soft drinks, and hot cocoa.
Zinc sulfate can make certain antibiotics less effective. Tell your doctor about all other medications you are using before you start taking zinc sulfate.
Before taking zinc sulfate, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Zinc sulfate may not be recommended in some situations.It is not known whether zinc sulfate will harm an unborn baby. Do not take zinc sulfate without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether zinc sulfate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.Take the zinc sulfate tablet or capsule with a full glass of water. Taking zinc sulfate with food may decrease stomach upset. Store zinc sulfate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, severe vomiting, dehydration, and restlessness.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take zinc sulfate and talk to your doctor if you experience nausea or an upset stomach. Taking zinc sulfate with food may decrease stomach upset.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
The following drugs can interact with or be made less effective by zinc sulfate. Tell your doctor if you are using any of these:
a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
methyltestosterone (Android, Methitest, Oreton);
penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen);
a tetracycline antibiotic such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap); or
an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with zinc sulfate. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.