This section is from the "A Handbook of Useful Drugs" book, by State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards.
Properties : Zinc acetate occurs as soft, white, pearly crystals, having a faintly acetous odor, and in dilute solutions an astringent, metallic taste. It is freely soluble in water (1 :2.5) and soluble in alcohol (1:36).
Incompatibilities: Zinc acetate is incompatible with alkali carbonates or sodium borate.
Action and Uses: Zinc acetate is astringent and antiseptic. It is used principally in the form of solution as an external application, for injection, solution or collyria; rarely used internally.
Dosage: 0.125 gm. or 2 grains.
It may be used in collyria in the proportion of from 0.1 to 0.5 per cent, or from ½ to 2 grains per ounce.