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zinc gluconate (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking zinc gluconate (Orazinc)?

Before using zinc gluconate, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider. You may not be able to use zinc gluconate if you have certain medical conditions.

It is not known whether zinc gluconate will harm an unborn baby. Do not take zinc gluconate without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether zinc gluconate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take zinc gluconate (Orazinc)?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take zinc gluconate with a full glass of water.

Take zinc gluconate with food if it upsets your stomach.

Your healthcare provider may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from zinc gluconate. The recommended dietary allowance of zinc gluconate increases with age. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. You may also consult the National Academy of Sciences "Dietary Reference Intake" or the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Dietary Reference Intake" (formerly "Recommended Daily Allowances" or RDA) listings for more information.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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