Drugs & Therapy Perspectives

, Volume 35, Issue 10, pp 463–469 | Cite as

Zinc l-carnosine in gastric ulcers: a profile of its use

  • Katherine A. Lyseng-WilliamsonEmail author
Adis Drug Q&A


Oral zinc l-carnosine (Gastrozin®) 75 mg twice daily is an effective gastric mucoprotective option for the treatment and prevention of gastric ulcers. The two components of the chelated compound (i.e. zinc and l-carnosine in a 1:1 ratio) provide beneficial anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and other effects that work together to support the natural mucoprotective mechanisms of the gastrointestinal tract. Zinc l-carnosine 75 mg twice daily has well established efficacy in the treatment of gastric ulcers, and is at least as effective as other mucoprotectants in this indication. It consistently provides rapid healing of gastric ulcers regardless of their underlying cause, such as gastritis, Helicobacter pylori infection and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), or concurrent pharmacological treatment (e.g. H. pylori eradication or proton pump inhibitor therapy).



The manuscript was reviewed by: H. Parthasarathy, Department of Cardiology, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India, Y. Prashar, Department of Pharmacology, Rayat Institute of Pharmacy, Railmajra, India; S. Saluja, Saran Ashram Hospital, Dayalbagh, Agra, India; A.K. Srivastava, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India. During the peer review process, Synergy Pharma, the marketing-authorization holder of the Gastrozin® formulation of zinc l-carnosine, was also offered an opportunity to provide a scientific accuracy review of their data. Changes resulting from comments received were made on the basis of scientific and editorial merit.

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The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Conflicts of interest

KA. Lyseng-Williamson is an employee of Adis International Ltd./Springer Nature and the Editor of Drugs & Therapy Perspectives; she has no other conflicts of interest to declare. The Editor of D&TP was not involved in any publishing decisions for the manuscript.


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