May 25, 2017
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Zinc

Brand Name: Galzin, ZnCl2

Generic Name: Zinc

Drug Class: Trace Elements/Metals

What Is Zinc and How Does It Work?

Zinc is an essential mineral that humans need to stay healthy. Zinc helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses, is important for wound healing and is important for proper senses of taste and smell. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic materials in cells.

Zinc is available under the following different brand names: Galzin and ZnCl2.

Zinc can naturally be found in shellfish, fish, red meat; plant sources such as whole grains, legumes and nuts, though it is less bioavailable due to phytic acid binding.

Dosages of Zinc:

Adult and Pediatric Dosages

Capsule (zinc gluconate)

  • 50 mg

Capsule (zinc acetate)

  • 25 mg
  • 50 mg

Tablet (zinc gluconate)

  • 15 mg
  • 30 mg
  • 50 mg
  • 100 mg

Tablet, extended release (zinc gluconate)

  • 100 mg

Lozenge (zinc gluconate)

  • 10 mg
  • 13.3 mg

Gum

  • 13.3 mg

IV solution (zinc sulfate)

  • 1 mg/ml
  • 5 mg/ml

IV solution (zinc chloride)

  • 1 mg/ml

Recommended daily dosage (elemental zinc):

  • Adult dosages:
    • Males older than 14 years: 11 mg/day
    • Females older than 19 years: 8 mg/day
    • Pregnancy: (14-18 years old) 12 mg/day
    • Pregnancy: (older than 19 years old): 11 mg/day
    • Breastfeeding: (14-18 years old) 13 mg/day
    • Breastfeeding: (older than 19 years) 12 mg/day
    • Upper Intake Level (UL): (14-18 years old) 34 mg/day
    • UL: (older than 19 years): 40 mg/day
  • Pediatric dosages:
    • Infants 0-6 months: 2 mg/day
    • Infants 6-12 months: 3 mg/day
    • Children 1-3 years: 3 mg/day
    • Children 3-8 years: 5 mg/day
    • Children 8-13 years: 8 mg/day
    • Children 13-18 years: 11 mg/day
  • Common Cold (expressed as elemental zinc)
  • Adult dosage:
    • 4.5-23.7 mg zinc gluconate lozenge orally every 2 hours
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Adult dosage
    • Acute catabolic state: 4.5-6 mg/day added to total parenteral nutrition intravenously if metabolically stable
    • Metabolically stable: 2.5 mg-4 mg/day, additional 12.2 mg per liter of small bowel fluid lost, or 17.1 mg per kilogram of stool or ileostomy recommended
  • Pediatric dosage:
    • Children over 5 years: 100 mcg/kg per day added to total parenteral nutrition intravenously
    • Premature infants (over 1500 g birth weight-3 kg): 300 mcg/kg per day added to TPN intravenously
  • Wilson's disease
  • Adult dosages (expressed as elemental zinc)
    • Zinc acetate (galzin): 50 mg orally three times daily
    • During pregnancy: 25 mg orally three times daily, may increase to 50 mg three times daily if inadequate response
  • Pediatric dosages
  • Zinc acetate
  • Manufacturer's dosing
    • Children older than 10 years: 25 mg orally three times daily, may increase to 50 mg three times daily if inadequate response
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) dosing
    • Children older than 5 years and under 50 kg: 25 mg orally three times daily
    • Children over 50 kg and adolescents: 50 mg orally three times daily

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • Take Galzin capsules on an empty stomach and swallow whole
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/15/2017



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