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Zinc gluconate

Generic name: Zinc gluconate [ZINK-GLUE-koe-nate]
Names of Brands: Orazinc, Zinc Gummies
Dosage Forms: Oral tablet (15 mg; 30 mg; 50 mg),Oral lozenge (10 mg)
Classification of Drugs: Minerals and electrolytes

What is Zinc gluconate?

Zinc is an elemental mineral used as a supplement to diets for those who don't get enough zinc through food sources.Zinc gluconate lozenges may be employed to help reduce cough symptoms, whether they are less pronounced or longer in length. This could include a chronic sore throat, cough congestion, sneezing, and a hoarse voice.

Zinc gluconate isn't effective in treating influenza and allergic symptoms.Zinc gluconate can also be used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Zinc gluconate

See a doctor immediately. If you experience any of the following symptoms, they are warning signs of an allergic reaction: symptoms of hives: breathing difficulties and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Less severe side effects can be:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Dry mouth, a change in taste,
  • A bad smell in your mouth.

There isn't an exhaustive description of the various adverse results. Additional effects could also be observed. Talk to your physician and seek medical advice regarding the effect. It is possible to report any adverse allergic reactions or symptoms to FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

Warnings

Follow all instructions on the label as well as the packaging. Make sure you use the product exactly as indicated.

Before you take this drug

Consult a physician or pharmacist to determine if zinc gluconate is safe for you to use if you've ever been:

  • An allergic reaction to zinc
  • Any medical condition that hinders your body from taking in the nutrients in foods (malabsorption).

Consult a physician before taking this medication if you are nursing or pregnant.

Not recommended for use by anyone less than 12 years old.

How to take Zinc gluconate?

Follow the directions on the label or as directed by your doctor.Use a zinc gluconate tablet along with your food in case it causes stomach upset.

The recommended daily dosage of zinc gluconate fluctuates as you get older. Follow the advice of your doctor. You can also check out your healthcare provider, the Office of Dietary Supplements of the NIH, and the USDA Nutrient Database of recommended daily allowances to get more details.

Do not ingest the whole zinc gluconate lozenge. Let it dissolve completely in your mouth. Don't use more than 6 lozenges a day (or 4 every day for those between the ages of 12 and 18).Begin using zinc lozenges as quickly as you can once symptoms of a cold start to appear.

Contact your physician if your symptoms of a cold do not improve after seven days.Keep at room temperature, free of heat and moisture.Discard any lozenges that have not been used within 6 months from the time of opening.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Dietary Supplement:

Dosage: from 105 mg up to 350 mg per day.

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the medication as quickly as you are able, but do not take your missed dose if you are nearing the time to take the next dose. Don't take two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Avoid this

Do not eat or drink anything for 15 minutes after dissolving a lozenge of zinc gluconate inside your mouth.

Interaction with other drugs

Speak with a pharmacist or doctor before using zinc gluconate along with any other medication, in particular:

  • An antibiotic
  • A blood thinner (warfarin, coumadin, or Jantoven).

This list isn't complete. Other medications may interact with zinc gluconate. This includes medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal supplements. There are many possible interactions between drugs, which are listed here.