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1. What is Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg and what is it used for?

Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg is a mineral preparation.

Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg is used for:

  • proven zinc deficiency,

  • Treatment with penicillamine and other complexing agents.

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2. What should you know before you take Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg?

Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg must not be taken

if you are allergic to zinc ‒ d ‒ gluconate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).

Warnings and Precautions

Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg.

Take special care when taking Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg

if you take Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg for a long time (several months); then zinc and copper should be monitored by laboratory diagnostics.

Children and adolescents

No data is available.

Other medicines and Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently used, or may use any other medicines.

  • Simultaneous administration of zinc and iron‒, copper‒ or calcium salts can reduce the absorption of zinc into the bloodstream.

  • The administration of complexing agents such as D ‒ penicillamine, dimercaptopropane sulfonic acid (DMPS) or edetic acid (EDTA) can reduce the absorption of zinc or increase its excretion.

  • Zinc can reduce the absorption of copper, iron and calcium.

  • The effectiveness of antibiotics such as tetracyclines, ciprofloxacin and other quinolones is reduced if zinc is taken at the same time.

There should therefore be an interval of at least 2 hours between taking Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg and taking these preparations.

Taking Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg with food

Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg should not be taken together with plant-based foods (especially grain products, legumes, nuts), as these impair the absorption of zinc into the bloodstream.

pregnancy and breast feeding period

There are no restrictions on the use of Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg in the recommended dose range.

Driving and using machines

There are no special precautions required.

Important information about certain other ingredients of Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg

This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol (23 mg) sodium per film-coated tablet, i.e. H. it is almost "sodium free".

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3. How to take Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg?

Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The recommended dose is

1 film-coated tablet daily.

type of application

Take the film-coated tablets whole with sufficient liquid well before meals (approx. 1 hour), as the absorption of zinc into the bloodstream through food can be impaired.

Duration of application

The duration of intake depends on needs and the success of the treatment.

If you take more Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg than you should,

the side effects listed under point 4 may occur more intensely.

Signs of overdose include a metallic taste on the tongue, headache, diarrhea, and vomiting.

In this case, stop taking Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg and ask your doctor for advice.

If you forget to take Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

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4. What side effects are possible?

Like all medicines, this medicine can have side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The list includes all known side effects under treatment with zinc ‒ d ‒ gluconate, including those with higher doses or long-term therapy.

Very rarely (affecting up to 1 in 10,000 people) nausea or vomiting may occur when taking Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg.

If the above-mentioned side effects occur, you should exceptionally take Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg with meals, but if possible not with plant-based foods (see under 2.).

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This also applies to side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, Dept. Pharmacovigilance,
Kurt ‒ Georg ‒ Kiesinger ‒ Allee 3, D ‒ 53175 Bonn, Website: www.bfarm.de show. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

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5. How should Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg be stored?

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister pack.

This medicinal product does not require special storage conditions.

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6. Contents of the pack and other information

What Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg contains

The active ingredient is: zinc ‒ d ‒ gluconate

1 film-coated tablet contains:

Zinc ‒ D ‒ gluconate 140 mg, equivalent to 20 mg zinc.

The other ingredients are:

Microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose ‒ sodium, highly dispersed silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate (Ph.Eur.), Hypromellose, ethyl cellulose, triethyl citrate.

Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg contains neither gluten nor lactose.

What Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg looks like and contents of the pack

White, round, film-coated tablet without a breakline.

Zinc Verla® OTC 20 mg is available in packs of 20, 50 and 100 film-coated tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorization Holder and Manufacturer

Verla ‒ Pharm Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG, 82324 Tutzing, www.verla.de.

This leaflet was last revised in March 2018.

Dear patient!

With this additional information we would like to familiarize you with the trace element zinc and its importance for our organism.

Essential trace element

Our organism cannot produce zinc itself and is therefore dependent on an adequate supply with food. Zinc is necessary for a variety of body functions, for example for the body's defenses (immune system), wound healing, sensory organs, growth or fertility.

Zinc deficiency has many faces

A zinc deficiency can manifest itself in a wide variety of complaints, for example in the form of a weakened immune system, inflammation in the mouth area, tears in the corners of the mouth, taste disorders and poorly healing wounds. Dry, flaky skin, reddened skin, brittle nails, dull, brittle hair and hair loss can also indicate a zinc deficiency.

What are the causes?

A zinc deficiency can arise if too little zinc is taken in with food. This is possible, for example, with diets or a vegetarian lifestyle. There is an increased need for the healing of wounds, during growth phases, during muscle building, sport or during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A common reason for a zinc deficiency is a reduced absorption of zinc from the intestine into the bloodstream, e.g. in intestinal diseases. Finally, increased zinc losses must also be taken into account, for example in the case of diabetes mellitus, profuse sweating or skin injuries.

If you have any questions, you can reach us on the toll-free number 0800 1044443.

Verla ‒ Pharm wishes you all the best!

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