Nutricee Plus Zinc Syrup
Store: S.V. More Pharma (Cebu City) Corp.
What is in NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup?
Each 5 ml contains:
Ascorbic Acid ......................... .........……………………….………....………………..…………. 100 mg
Zinc Gluconate ……………………………………………………..……………………..…………... .35mg
(Equivalent to 5mg Elemental Zinc)
What is NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup?
NutriCee Plus Zinc syrup is a reliable combination of ascorbic acid and zinc gluconate in an orange to brown, orange flavor syrup.
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is a widely used water-soluble vitamin, is known for its numerous benefits and plays a vital role as a co-factor in a variety of bodily functions. It is among the most essential nutrients needed for tissue building. It is essential for the synthesis of collagen, an intercellular material. Zinc is an essential element of nutrition and traces are present in a wide range of foods. Zinc is an essential mineral that is required in numerous biochemical reactions. It is involved in the activities of many enzyme systems of the body.
What is NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup used for?
Ascorbic acid is used in the treatment and prevention of deficiency. Ascorbic acid acts as an important co-factor in building and maintaining body tissues especially the cartilage, dentin, skin, blood vessel walls and bones. Ascorbic acid helps in the formation of mature and firm collagen. Collagen is the intercellular cement substance that binds body cells together to form strong tissues. Ascorbic acid enhances body resistance to stress because it also promotes health of the adrenal gland, the organ where anti-stress substances are produced. Ascorbic acid participates as a co-factor in the synthesis of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are commonly known as adrenalin compounds. These anti-stress substances are released from the adrenals in response to stress. Upon stimulation of the adrenal gland during stress, ascorbic acid level decreases as the gland increases its activity in coping with stress. This condition requires an increase in ascorbic acid supplementation.
Ascorbic acid is known to increase body resistance to illnesses by enhancing the immune system. It is said to increase the mobility of the white blood cells, thereby improving the body’s ability to fight infection. Ascorbic acid works both in alleviating the clinical manifestations and shortening the duration of certain disease like the common cold.
Ascorbic acid is also known for its potent antioxidant properties. As an antioxidant, ascorbic acid protects the body cells against the damaging effects of harmful substances called free radicals. Numerous researches have also underscored the role of ascorbic acid in lowering blood cholesterol level by regulating cholesterol metabolism. Ascorbic acid is specifically required in the reaction which converts cholesterol to cholic acid. Ascorbic acid is known to protect against cardiovascular diseases and asthma and to help fight respiratory tract infections. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of ascorbic acid in preventing certain cancers.
Clinical researchers affirm the popular concept that the ascorbic acid pool in the body must be increased so that tissues will reach a certain level of ascorbic acid saturation that is required for optimum health.
Daily doses of vitamin C at 100 to 200mg may be given with desferrioxamine in the treatment of patients with thalassemia, to improve the chelating action of desferrioxamine, thereby increasing iron excretion. Ascorbic acid may increase gastrointestinal absorption of iron. It may also be used in treating methemoglobinemia to acidify urine.
Zinc is necessary in protein synthesis and enhances growth and development. It helps maintain integrity of skin and mucus membranes. Zinc also promotes faster wound healing.
Zinc is also known to improve the sense of taste and smell, improve appetite, and promote weight gain and height increase. Zinc deficiency may result in growth retardation in children and altered immune system function. Signs and symptoms of zinc deficiency include diarrhea, poor sense of smell and taste, hair loss, skin problems, delayed wound healing, loss of appetite, and impaired immune function manifested as increased susceptibility to infections.
Zinc also possesses antioxidant property. It strengthens the body’s immune system and increases body resistance to infection. Zinc increases the number and activity of the white blood cells. Zinc protects the child against diseases. It prevents common childhood infections like the common cold, flu, pneumonia, and diarrhea, and helps children recover faster from these diseases. Medical practitioners recommend the provision of zinc supplement to children to protect them from occurrence of pneumonia and diarrhea, and to manage acute episodes of these illnesses.
Zinc supplements are used to correct zinc deficiency, as seen in malabsorption syndrome, during parenteral feeding in cases where there is an increased body loss (trauma, burns and protein-losing states), and for a rare genetic disorder characterized by zinc deficiency called acrodermatitis enteropathica.
How should NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup be taken?
2 to 6 years: 5 mL (1 teaspoonful)
7 to 12 years: 10 mL (2 teaspoonfuls)
To be taken once a day for supplementation. 2 to 4 times a day for therapeutic use or as prescribed by the physician.
When should you not take NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup?
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to ascorbic acid and zinc gluconate or to any constituent of the formulation.
What care or precautions should be observed when taking NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup?
Ascorbic acid is generally well tolerated. Large doses are reported to cause diarrhea, other gastrointestinal disturbances, and may also result in hyperoxaluria and the formation of renal calcium oxalate calculi. Ascorbic acid should therefore be given with care to patients with hyperoxaluria. Prolonged use of large doses of ascorbic acid may induce tolerance resulting in symptoms of deficiency when intake is reduced to normal. Large doses of ascorbic acid have resulted in hemodialysis in patients with G6PD deficiency.
Zinc gluconate should not be taken on an empty stomach. Prolonged use of high doses of zinc supplements leads to copper deficiency with associated sideroblastic anemia and neutropenia. To detect early signs of copper deficiency, complete blood counts and serum cholesterol should be monitored.
What are the undesirable side effects of NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup?
Ascorbic acid is usually well tolerated but large doses are reported to cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances.
Zinc gluconate may cause gastrointestinal disturbances that includes abdominal pain, dyspepsia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastric irritation and gastritis. These effects are particularly common in patients taking zinc gluconate on an empty stomach and these adverse effects may be reduced by giving zinc with meals.
What other medicine or food should be avoided while taking NutriCee™ Plus Zinc?
Ascorbic acid should not be given during the first month after starting desferrioxamine treatment because there is some evidence that ascorbic acid may worsen the iron toxicity due to excess tissue iron. Ascorbic acid may increase the absorption of iron in iron-deficiency states.
Administration of ascorbic acid for vitamin C deficiency to a patient receiving fluphenazine for bipolar disorder was associated with a fall in serum concentrations of fluphenazine and a deterioration of behaviour.
Ascorbic acid may occasionally reduce the activity of warfarin. Omeprazole has also been reported to impair the bioavailability of ascorbic acid.
Zinc supplements should not be taken with iron supplements, penicillamine, phosphorus containing preparations, tetracyclines, copper, and fluoroquinolones.
What should you do if you miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, you must take it as soon as possible. Do not double the next dose to make up for the missed one. You may skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for the next dose.
What are the signs and symptoms of overdose and what to do when you have taken more than the recommended dosage?
In acute overdosage, zinc salts are corrosive due to the formation of zinc chloride by the acid in the stomach. This may be treated by giving milk or alkali carbonates and activated charcoal. The use of emetics or gastric lavage should be avoided.
How should NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup be stored?
Store at temperatures not exceeding 30°C. Keep the medicine out of reach of children.
When should you consult your doctor?
Generally, any untoward adverse effects experienced with NutriCee™ Plus Zinc Syrup should immediately be reported to your doctor.
For suspected adverse drug reaction, report to the FDA: www.fda.gov.ph
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