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Generic Name: zinc acetate (ZINK AS e tate)
Brand Name: Galzin
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Drug Information:
Zinc is a naturally occurring mineral. Zinc is important for growth and for the development and health of body tissues. Galzin is used to treat and to prevent zinc deficiency. Galzin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Before using Galzin, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare prOvider. You may not be able to use this medicine if you have certain medical conditions. Avoid taking this medication with foods that are high in Calcium or phosphorus, which can make it harder for your body to absorb Galzin. Foods high in Calcium or phosphorus include milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, dried beans or peas, lentils, nuts, peanut butter, beer, cola soft drinks, and hot cocoa. Learn more

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Galzin Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about zinc acetate. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Galzin.

For the Consumer

Applies to zinc acetate: oral capsule

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of a pancreas problem (pancreatitis) like very bad stomach pain, very bad back pain, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Diarrhea.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to zinc acetate: compounding powder, oral capsule


Elevations in serum alkaline phosphatase, amylase, and lipase suggesting pancreatitis lasted from weeks to months; levels usually returned to high normal with the first year or two of zinc therapy.

Frequency not reported: Gastric irritation, possible pancreatitis


Frequency not reported: Death after zinc sulfate overdosage, death when zinc sulfate used as initial treatment (in a patient with advanced liver disease and hemolytic crisis)

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Galzin (www.drugs.com/mtm/galzin.html).