Galzin

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 2/15/2022
Galzin Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Galzin?

Galzin (zinc acetate) is a salt of zinc used to inhibit the absorption of copper in patients with Wilson's disease, and is indicated for maintenance treatment of patients with Wilson's disease who have been initially treated with a chelating agent. Wilson's disease results in a build-up of copper in the body.

What Are Side Effects of Galzin?

Common side effects of Galzin include:

  • upset stomach, and
  • elevated liver and pancreatic enzymes

Dosage for Galzin

The recommended dose of Galzin capsules for adults is 50 mg three times a day, taken on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two to three hours after meals.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Galzin?

Galzin may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Galzin During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Galzin. Galzin passes into breast milk and zinc-induced copper deficiency in the nursing baby may occur. Breastfeeding while using Galzin is not recommended.

Additional Information

Our Galzin (zinc acetate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • speech problems; or
  • unusual changes in mood or behavior.

Common side effects may include:

  • upset stomach; or
  • abnormal lab tests.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Galzin (Galzin Zinc Acetate Capsules)

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SIDE EFFECTS

Clinical experience with zinc acetate has been limited. The following adverse reactions have been reported in patients with Wilson's disease on zinc therapy: a death following overdosage with zinc sulfate (See OVERDOSAGE) and a death in a patient with advanced liver disease and hemolytic crisis where zinc sulfate was used as initial treatment; gastric irritation; elevations of serum alkaline phosphatase, amylase and lipase lasting from weeks to months suggesting pancreatitis. The levels usually return to high normal within the first one or two years of zinc therapy.

Drug Abuse And Dependence

Zinc acetate has no potential for abuse, and it is not related pharmacologically or structurally to any other drug known to have abuse potential.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Galzin (Galzin Zinc Acetate Capsules)

© Galzin Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Galzin Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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