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When and How to Take Zinc Oxide

Some general considerations for when and how to take zinc oxide include the following:
  • Zinc oxide comes in oral form (such as tablets) or in the form of skin cream, ointment, or paste. When applied to the skin, it leaves an opaque white residue.
  • Make sure to follow the instructions for your particular zinc oxide skin product. Generally, it is best to apply the skin products in a thick, generous layer (especially when used for treating diaper rash). For most uses on the skin, it is best to apply zinc oxide often.
  • When taking it by mouth, make sure to follow the dosing recommendations for your particular product.

Dosing Information

There is no standard zinc oxide dosage, per se, when it is used in skin products. However, there are general guidelines available for the use of these products. There are specific dosing guidelines available for oral use of zinc oxide. As is always the case, do not adjust your zinc oxide dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Zinc Oxide Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is not likely to cause side effects when used properly. However, some people may develop skin irritation (for skin products) or stomach irritation (for oral products). Severe allergic reactions are also possible.
(Click Zinc Oxide Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Oral zinc oxide may interact with a few medications, but zinc oxide applied to the skin is not known to interact with any medications (see Zinc Oxide Drug Interactions).
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