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What are the risks in using zinc?

Certain medical conditions and medications may increase your risk for complications associated with zinc. Zinc may affect certain conditions adversely because of poor absorption. Be sure to talk with your doctor before taking zinc for conditions, such as colds, macular degeneration, sickle cell disease, weakened immune system, stomach ulcers, acne, ADHD, herpes, Wilson's disease, HIV/AIDS, acrodermatitis enteropathica, cirrhosis, alcoholism, celiac disease, kidney disease, high or low cholesterol, copper metabolism, thyroid function, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic conditions, high blood pressure and pregnancy. Medications that may interfere with zinc include: blood pressure medications, penicillamine, amiloride, certain antibiotics, ACE inhibitors, cisplatin, immunosuppressant medications, deferoxamine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and thiazide diuretics.

You may experience some side effects with your zinc supplement. These side effects include: hallucinations, stomach upset, dizziness, headaches, weakened immune system, cholesterol changes, alcohol intolerance, nausea, increased perspiration, vomiting, a metallic taste in your mouth, loss of coordination and anemia.

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