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A 47-year-old female asked:

i began taking 25mg of zinc a week ago, how much copper should i take with it?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Not useful: Those two metals are not needed, unless you are low.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How/where is the brain affected by copper accumulation?

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Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgettanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Copper: Excess copper in the body is released in the blood and can accumulate in the tissues, particularly in the kidneys, eyes, and brain. When it goes to the brain, it usually deposits in nerves that are associated with movement, perception, and mood regulation. This causes a patient to lose coordination and become clumsy. Seizures, migraines, and cognitive defects may also result from excess copper.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can zinc and trientine be used in combination?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: Trientine is used in wilson's disease (a rare copper storage disease) to chelate (bind) copper. Zinc is a trace element, dietary supplement with many alleged benefits that are unproved except in zinc deficiency. There is no reported interaction between the two.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How long should zinc and trientine be used in combination?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Minerals: Always be cautious when taking too much of additional minerals into one's diet. Zinc is a necessary mineral. I do not know what trientene actually is.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any problems with zinc collecting in the body over time?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Yes: Zinc intoxication coul be from zinc chloride used in the pillow manufacturing industry zinc poisoning. A condition caused by industrial exposure or by excess ingestion of zinc supplements. Gives:headache, n&v, dehydration, stomach ache, incoordination, renal damage, immune deficiency mcgraw-hill concise dictionary of modern medicine. © 2002 by the mcgraw-hill companies, inc.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does zinc work against the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
No: There are several studies that clearly show that zinc is not helpful in the treatment of the common cold (although one recent study slightly points otherwise). Additionally zinc can be poorly tolerated in tablet or lozenge form causing nausea. A nasal spray form of zinc, sold as zicam, has actually been shown to permenantly damage the sense of smell. Do not use zinc as treatment for colds.

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