What is the most important information I should know about zinc acetate?
Use only as directed. Tell your doctor if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.
What is zinc acetate?
Zinc is a mineral that is used to treat Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder in which copper builds up in some of your vital organs such as the brain or liver. Zinc acetate is usually given to people who have already been treated with a chelating drug to remove copper from the body.
Zinc acetate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking zinc acetate?
You should not use zinc acetate if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- kidney disease; or
- any condition that makes it hard for your body to absorb nutrients from food (malabsorption).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
You should not breastfeed while taking zinc acetate.
Zinc acetate should not be given to a child younger than 10 years old.
How should I take zinc acetate?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Take on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 to 3 hours after a meal.
If zinc acetate upsets your stomach, take the medicine between breakfast and lunch.
Swallow the capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.
Take zinc acetate regularly to get the most benefit.
You will need medical tests.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking zinc acetate?
You may need to avoid certain foods that can make it harder for your body to absorb zinc acetate. This includes milk, coffee, bread, bran, and boiled eggs. Follow your doctor's instructions
What are the possible side effects of zinc acetate?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- speech problems; or
- unusual changes in mood or behavior.
Common side effects may include:
- upset stomach; or
- abnormal lab tests.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect zinc acetate?
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially antiviral medicine to treat HIV.
Other drugs may affect zinc acetate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about zinc acetate.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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