Zinc/Food Interaction Interactions

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug, changing your diet or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Very important. A change in your diet, medicine, or dosage may be necessary. Promptly consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How the interaction occurs:

The cause of the interaction is not known.

What might happen:

When zinc is taken with food, food may decrease absorption of this medicine into your bloodstream.

What you should do about this interaction:

Zinc supplements should be taken on an empty stomach. If significant stomach upset occurs, zinc may be taken with food (avoid milk, cheese, high fiber foods, unleavened bread, and coffee near the time that you take zinc). Contact your healthcare professional (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) for more information.Your healthcare professionals may be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change your medicine or diet before checking with them first.

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