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How do prescription and over-the-counter zinc differ?

Prescription and over-the-counter zinc differ in strength and formulation. Prescription zinc is usually a higher-strength product or a special formulation. Over-the-counter zinc products often include lower strengths and simpler formulas; these are sold in a variety of generic and brand-name forms and are usually considered supplements. Zinc is also called zinc citrate, zinc carbonate, zinc chloride, zinc methionate, zinc gluconate, zinc methionine, zinc oxide, zinc monomethionine, zinc picolinate, atomic number 30, zinc sulfate, Indian tin, pewter, polaprezinc, zinc acetate, zinc aspartate, zinc acexamate and Zink. Brand names of zinc include; Zeta N, Nels Cream, Virudermin Gel, Zincolak, Zicam Nasal Gel, Zincomed, A-84, Articulin-F, Zineryt, Astra, Herpigon, Curiosin, Solvezink, Orazinc and Zinvit-C250.

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