ZMA

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Uses

What is ZMA used for?

ZMA contains Zinc Monomethionine Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate, Vitamin B6.

It is commonly used for delivering high levels of sleep-inducing nutrients into your body and increasing testosterone production.

How should I take ZMA?

To take ZMA,

  • ZMA is typically taken within 30 to 60 minutes of going to bed. Most people recommend taking it with an empty stomach to maximize the benefits.
  • The other ZMA capsule is typically taken in the morning when you wake up and have an empty stomach before breakfast.

How do I store ZMA?

ZMA is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store ZMA in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of ZMA that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush ZMA down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using ZMA?

Before using ZMA, you should know that:

  • ZMA is used for a better sleep or a testosterone supplement.
  • ZMA has been shown to encourage a healthy and restful sleep.
  • If you get more than enough zinc and magnesium in your diet already, then you may notice no discernable benefits from ZMA supplementation.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using ZMA during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking ZMA.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from ZMA?

Some minor effects include sleep apnea and snoring.

More serious side effects have been shown to affect your cardiovascular system. The anabolic effects of ZMA can lead to an overproduction of red blood cells, which thereby increases your risk of heart disease. This overproduction of red blood cells can also enlarge the prostate gland, increase skin oil production, or encourage acne growth.

ZMA has also been linked to some of the same side effects as other testosterone boosting supplements, including enlarged male breasts, limited sperm production, enlargement of the prostate gland, and male pattern baldness.

ZMA is not recommended for women and, like most testosterone boosters, is not typically taken by women. Women who take ZMA may notice unwanted side effects, like increased body hair and aggressiveness.

Women who do decide to take ZMA are recommended to take 2/3 of a standard dose.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with ZMA?

ZMA may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with ZMA?

ZMA may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with ZMA?

ZMA may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using ZMA.

What is the dose of ZMA for an adult?

Specific ZMA dosages vary between supplements. Most supplements suggest a dosage of one to two times per day – including one dose immediately before going to bed.

What is the dose of ZMA for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is ZMA available?

ZMA is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • ZMA diatery supplement, bottle (tub) of 90 capsules

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of ZMA, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 13, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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