Who should not take zinc sulfate?

Talk with your doctor before taking zinc sulfate if you have certain medical conditions and medications that may interfere with this supplement. Medical conditions that may put you at risk for complications include: copper deficiency in the blood, allergies, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Medications that may interact adversely with zinc sulfate include: antibiotics like quinolones or tetracyclines, risedronate, copper supplements, penicillamine, edetate calcium (EDTA), methyltestosterone and iron supplements.

Certain foods may create problems when you take zinc sulfate. Foods that contain zinc -- like lean red meats, seafood, peas and beans -- may provide too much zinc when paired with your supplement. Foods containing calcium or phosphorous may inhibit the absorption of zinc. These foods include: cheese, soft drinks, milk, ice cream, yogurt, beans, lentils, peas, nuts, beer, peanut butter and hot cocoa.

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