Zinc Sulphate

Zinc Sulphate

Zinc sulphate is  a supplement to prevent or treat deficiency (deficiency) of zinc or zinc.  In addition, this mineral supplement is also used in the treatment of acute diarrhea. Zinc sulphate is one of the dosage forms of zinc supplements. In 220 mg of zinc sulfate, contained 50 mg of elemental zinc.

Zinc is a mineral that plays an important role in the formation of DNA, helps the immune system work optimally, and heals wounds. When you experience a zinc deficiency, certain complaints can appear, such as hair loss, wounds that are difficult to heal, diarrhea, or growth disorders.

Naturally, zinc can be found in several types of food, such as oysters, beef, chicken, milk, whole wheat, potatoes, kale, dark chocolate, and nuts.

Zinc sulphate trademarks  Arkavit C-Dez, Airborne Effervescent Lemon Lime, Dipa Vibez C 500, Engran, Frozavit, Glucazinc, Graphace Syrup, Glosmin, Hepachol, Immunpro, Imusive for Adults CDZinc, Konilife Ostegard, Osteocal Plus, Pregnatab, Pronamil, Retivit Plus, Rebone Forte, Skinfit, Vitercom-C, Zivita

What is Zinc Sulphate

class Over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs
Category Mineral supplements
Benefit Prevents and treats zinc deficiency and is used in the treatment of acute diarrhea
Consumed by Adults, and children
Zinc Sulphate for pregnant and lactating women Category C: Studies in animal studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women. The drug should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

Zinc sulfate supplements can be absorbed into breast milk. If you are breastfeeding do not use this medication without telling your doctor.

Drug form Tablets, effervescent tablets , capsules, caplets, syrup

Warning Before Using Zinc Sulphate

There are several things that you should pay attention to before using zinc supplements, including:

  • Tell your doctor about any history of allergies you have. Zinc sulphate should not be given to someone who is allergic to this mineral supplement.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
  • Limit alcohol consumption while taking zinc sulfate, because it can decrease the absorption of this supplement.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications, supplements, or other herbal products.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have had kidney disease or copper deficiency .
  • Immediately see a doctor if an allergic drug reaction or overdose occurs after taking zinc sulfate supplements.

Dosage and Rules for Using Zinc Sulphate

The doctor will determine the dosage and duration of using zinc sulfate according to the age and condition of the patient. Zinc tablet products generally contain 54.9 mg zinc sulfate which is equivalent to 20 mg zinc.

As for zinc syrup products, 5 ml contains 27.45 mg of zinc sulfate which is equivalent to 10 mg of zinc. In general, the following is the dosage of zinc according to the conditions being treated:

Condition: Deficiency or deficiency of zinc

  • Adult: 50 mg, once a day.
  • Children 1–3 years: 5 mg once daily.
  • Children 4–8 years: 10 mg once daily
  • Children 9–13 years: 10–20 mg once daily.

Condition: Acute diarrhea

  • Adult: 10–20 mg once daily for 10–14 days, even when diarrhea has resolved.
  • Children <6 months: 10 mg once daily for 10–14 days, even when the diarrhea has resolved.
  • Children 6–20 months: 20 mg once daily for 10–14 days, even when the diarrhea has resolved.

Zinc Sulphate Nutrition Adequacy Figures 

The need for zinc sulfate can be met through food, supplements, or a combination of the two. The recommended nutritional adequacy rate (RDA) varies based on age and health condition.

The following is a description of the daily RDA for zinc sulfate:

  • Age 0–6 months: 2 mg per day
  • Age 7–12 months: 3 mg per day
  • Ages 1–3 years: 3 mg per day
  • Ages 4–8 years: 5 mg per day
  • Ages 9–13 years: 8 mg per day
  • Females ages 14–18 years: 9 mg per day
  • Boys 14–18 years: 11 mg per day
  • Pregnant women: 12 mg per day
  • Nursing mothers: 13 mg per day

How to Use Zinc Sulphate Properly

Vitamin and mineral supplements are consumed to supplement vitamin and mineral intake, especially when nutritional intake from food is insufficient. Keep in mind, supplements are only a complement, not a substitute for nutrition from food.

Follow the doctor  's recommendations and always read the directions for use listed on the supplement packaging. Do not increase your dose without consulting your doctor first.

Zinc sulfate supplements should be taken 1–2 hours after eating. However, if it causes nausea, zinc sulfate can be taken with food. Do not split, chew, or grind the supplement, as this may affect its effectiveness.

For zinc sulfate in the form of effervescent tablets , dissolve it first in a glass of water before consuming it. Zinc sulfate syrup supplements need to be shaken before consumption. Use the measuring spoon available on the supplement packaging so that the dosage is correct.

Avoid consuming foods high in calcium or phosphorus, such as cereals, oats, nuts, peanut butter, fizzy drinks, hot chocolate drinks, yogurt, ice cream, or milk, for 1–2 hours after consuming zinc sulphate because they can inhibit zinc absorption.

Store zinc sulfate in a place that is protected from direct sunlight. Keep this supplement out of reach of children.

Interactions of Zinc Sulphate with Other Drugs

The following are a number of interactions that can occur if zinc sulfate supplements are taken with other drugs:

  • Decreased absorption of zinc when used with calcium, iron supplements , penicillamine, tetracycline antibiotics , or trientine
  • Decreased absorption and levels of copper or quinolone antibiotics , such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin , or moxifloxacin

Side Effects of Using Zinc Sulphate

If consumed according  to the recommended dosage, zinc sulfate supplements rarely cause side effects. However, in some people, certain side effects may occur, such as vomiting, diarrhea , a metallic taste, or stomach pain . If consumed in excessive amounts zinc supplements can cause fever, cough, stomach ache, or feeling tired and weak.

Check with your doctor if these side effects don't go away or get worse. Immediately consult a doctor if you experience an allergic drug reaction after consuming zinc.

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