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Indications

Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate is indicated in zinc deficiency and/or zinc losing conditions. Zinc deficiency can occur as a result of inadequate diet or malabsorption. Excessive loss of zinc can occur in trauma, burns, diarrhoea and protein losing conditions. A zinc supplement is given until clinical improvement occurs but it may need to be continued in severe malabsorption, metabolic disease or in zinc losing states.

Therapeutic Class

Specific mineral preparations

Pharmacology

Zinc sulphate monohydrate is an essential trace element and is involved in a number of body enzyme systems. The body needs zinc for normal growth and health. Zinc is also vital for sexual maturation and reproduction, dark vision adaptation, olfactory and gustatory activity, insulin storage & release and for a variety of host immune defenses. Zinc deficiency may lead to impaired immune function, delayed wound healing, a decrease in sense of taste and smell, a reduced ability to fight infections, poor night vision, increased risk of abortion, alopecia, mental lethargy, skin changes and poor development of reproductive organs.

Dosage

Child under 10 kg: 5 ml (1 teaspoonful) 2 times daily after food.
Child between 10-30 kg: 10 ml (2 teaspoonfuls) 1-3 times daily after food.
Adults and child over 30 kg: 20 ml (4 teaspoonfuls) 1-3 times daily after food.

This drug is most effective if they are taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hour after meals. However, if causes stomach upset, this may be taken with a meal.

Administration

For dispersible tablet-
  • Place the tablet in a teaspoon
  • Add adequate amount of water
  • Let the tablet dissolve completely
  • Give the entire spoonful solution

Interaction

Concomitant intake of a tetracycline and zinc may decrease the absorption of both the tetracycline and zinc. Similarly concomitant administration of zinc and quinolone drug may also decrease the absorption of both. Concomitant intake of penicillamine and zinc may decrese absorption of zinc.

Contraindications

It is contraindicated in those who are hypersensitive to any component of the ingredient of this preparation.

Side Effects

Zinc may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach upset, heartburn and gastritis.

Pregnancy & Lactation

The safety of this product in human pregnancy has not been established. Zinc crosses the placenta and is present in breast milk.

Precautions & Warnings

In acute renal failure, zinc accumulation may occur in body; so dose adjustment is needed.

Storage Conditions

Keep in a dry place away from light and heat. Keep out of the reach of children.