What is this medicine?
ZINC (zingk) is a mineral supplement that is promoted to treat the symptoms of a cold.
This supplement may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
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
How should I use this medicine?
Let this medicine melt in the mouth slowly and completely. Do not chew or swallow whole. Follow the directions on the package. You may take this medicine with or without food. If it upsets your stomach take it with food. 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. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
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.
What may interact with this medicine?
- certain antibiotics like quinolones or tetracyclines
- citrus fruits and juices
- copper supplements
- edetate calcium, EDTA
- iron supplements
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
See your doctor if your symptoms last for more than 7 days, if you get worse, or if you get a high fever.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
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
- fever, chills, or sore throat
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach cramps with diarrhea
- 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):
- bad taste in the mouth
- stomach upset
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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.