- zinc sulfate monohydrate
This information is intended for use by health professionals
Solvazinc® 45mg Effervescent Tablets.
Each tablet contains 45mg of elemental zinc (equivalent to 125mg of zinc sulfate monohydrate).
Excipient(s) with known effect: each tablet contains 115.5mg of sorbitol (E420) and 106mg of sodium.
For the full list of the excipients, see section 6.1.
Zinc sulfate is a source of zinc which is an essential trace element and involved in a number of body enzyme systems.
Solvazinc®is indicated in adults and children for the treatment of zinc deficiency.
Method of Administration: oral after dissolution in water.
Adults: One tablet, dissolved in water, once to three times daily after meals.
Children: More than 30kg: One tablet, dissolved in water, once to three times daily after meals.
10-30kg: ½ tablet, dissolved in water, once to three times daily after meals.
Less than 10kg: ½ tablet, dissolved in water, once daily after meals.
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
Copper deficiency (see section 4.5).
Accumulation of zinc may occur in cases of renal failure.
This product contains sorbitol (E420), therefore patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance should not take this medicine.
This medicinal product contains 106mg sodium per tablet, equivalent to 5.3% of the WHO recommended maximum daily intake of 2g sodium for an adult.
Zinc may inhibit the absorption of copper (see section 4.3).
Zinc may reduce the absorption of concurrently administered tetracyclines, also the absorption of zinc may be reduced by tetracyclines; when both are being given an interval of at least three hours should be allowed.
Zinc may reduce the absorption of quinolones; ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin and ofloxacin.
The absorption of zinc may be reduced by calcium salts.
The absorption of zinc may be reduced by oral iron, also the absorption of oral iron may be reduced by zinc.
The absorption of zinc may be reduced by penicillamine, also the absorption of penicillamine may be reduced by zinc.
The absorption of zinc may be reduced by trientine, also the absorption of trientine may be reduced by zinc.
The safety of this product in human pregnancy has not been established. Zinc crosses the placenta and is present in breast milk.
Solvazinc® has no influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Zinc salts may cause abdominal pain, dyspepsia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, gastric irritation and gastritis. There have also been cases of irritability, headache and lethargy observed.
Zinc may interfere with the absorption of copper, leading to reduced copper levels, and potentially copper deficiency. The risk of copper deficiency may be greater with long-term treatment (e.g. if zinc deficiency is no longer present) and/or with higher doses of zinc.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
Zinc sulfate is corrosive in overdosage. Symptoms are corrosion and inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth and stomach; ulceration of the stomach followed by perforation may occur. Gastric lavage and emesis should be avoided. Demulcents such as milk should be given. Chelating agents such as sodium calcium edetate may be useful.
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Mineral Supplement, ATC Code: A12CB01
Zinc is an essential trace element involved in many enzyme systems. Severe deficiency causes skin lesion, alopecia, diarrhoea, increased susceptibility to infections and failure to thrive in children. Symptoms of less severe deficiency include distorted or absent perceptions of taste and smell and poor wound healing.
Zinc is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and distributed throughout the body. The highest concentrations occur in hair, eyes, male reproductive organs and bone. Lower levels are present in liver, kidney and muscle. In blood 80% is found in erythrocytes. Plasma zinc levels range from 70 to 110μg/dL and about 50% of this is loosely bound to albumin. About 7% is amino-acid bound and the rest is tightly bound to alpha 2-macroglobulins and other proteins.
Solvazinc® contains the following excipients:
Sorbitol (E420), mannitol (E421), sodium hydrogen carbonate, citric acid, saccharin sodium, povidone K25, sodium citrate and sodium carbonate anhydrous.
Store below 25°C, protect from moisture.
Polypropylene containers with polyethylene caps and packed in cartons of three containers. Each tablet container contains 30 tablets. The tablet containers also contain a desiccant capsule.
Seagoe Industrial Estate
01 November 1983.
07 September 2020.