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  • Generic Name: (zinc acetate)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 02/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Galzin is a medicine used for the maintenance treatment of Wilson's disease in people who have been already treated with a certain medicine that binds to copper.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Wilson's disease results in a buildup of copper in the body. Galzin works by blocking the absorption of copper into the body, thereby allowing more copper to leave the body.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Galzin may help to control copper levels in the body after initial treatment with a copper binding medicine.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Galzin exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may order urine tests to check your copper levels, and may ask you questions regarding your signs and symptoms to assess how well Galzin is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      Side effects may include: stomach irritation, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take Galzin if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Galzin. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: The recommended dose is 50 milligrams (mg) three times a day.

      Children ≥10 years: The usual dose is 25 mg three times a day. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

      If you are pregnant, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take Galzin exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

      Swallow Galzin capsules whole. Do not open or chew the capsules.

      Take Galzin on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 to 3 hours after meals.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not change your dose or stop taking Galzin without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Galzin at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      Studies in pregnant women have not shown increased risk of harm to the unborn baby. Galzin can be found in your breast milk and may harm your newborn baby. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Galzin. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Galzin, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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