At a Glance: Mouth sores are a common side effect of treatment, particularly radiation to the head and neck. Zinc supplementation my result in decreased duration of mouth sores and promote healing.
Details: Zinc may help to reduce some symptoms caused by radiation therapy in head and neck cancers patients. An analysis of several studies suggest zinc may help relieve mouths sores and inflammation from radiation therapy for head and neck cancers.
Do not take if you are taking fluoroquinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, gatifloxacin), tetracyclines (e.g. doxycycline, minocycline), certain drugs for rare disorders such as Wilson’s disease or chronic autoimmune thrombocytopenia (e.g. penicillamine, eltrombopag). Patients should take zinc 2 hours before or after foods high in calcium, phosphorus, iron, bran fiber, or phytates.
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