Is Your Medication Causing a Nutritional Deficiency?

The growing field of integrative medicine has created a new area of research called Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion, or Drug/Nutrient Depletion, and the science is showing that YES, many common medications can reduce absorption, increase excretion and change how the body and brain uses (aka. metabolizes) important vitamins and minerals required for optimum health. This can become problematic over time, especially as more health conditions and diseases are now being linked to deficiencies of key nutrients. To get you informed and up to speed real quick, here’s a short list of our top 10 A – Z categories of medications that deplete nutrients. We recommend you supplement your diet, whether through a good-quality supplement and/or whole foods, if you are taking these medications—especially if you’re on them long term.

1. Antibiotics

(especially Mandol, Cefobid, Zefazone and Cetofan)

~ disrupt normal gut flora, which are involved in making B-vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6 and B12) and vitamin K

2. Antidepressants

(includes tricyclic and SSRI medicines such as Amitriptyline, Elavil, Trazodone, Desipramine, Pamelor, Nortriptyline, Serzone, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and Imipramine)

~ deplete B vitamins (especially B12, folic acid and B2), vitamin C, selenium, zinc, calcium and magnesium and glutathione

3. Arthritis Medications

(includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory [NSAID] drugs like Aspirin, Advil and Ibuprofen)

~ reduce vitamin C, folic acid, calcium and magnesium, essential fatty acids (omega-3s and omega-6s) and glucosamine

4. Cholesterol Medications

(includes HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors aka. “statins,” & bile and acid sequestrants like cholestyramine and cholestipol)

~ decrease vitamin A, D, E and K, calcium and CoQ10

5. Corticosteroids

(includes steroid drugs like costisone,  hydrocortisone, prednisone, dexamalhasone and azulfidine)

~ deplete B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc

6. Diabetic Medications

(includes Metformin, Acarbose, sulfonylurea drugs such as Diabinese and Tolinase and second generation drugs Glynase and Diabeta)

~ Metformin depletes vitamin B12, and all may decrease vitamins B2 and B6, folic acid, vitamin C, chromium and magnesium

7. Estrogen & Progesterone

(includes oral contraceptives, estrogen-based compounds such as Premarin and Estratest and progesterone/estrogen combinations including Prem-Pro)

~ reduce B, C, E vitamins, beta-carotene, calcium and magnesium, zinc and essential fatty acids (omega-3s and omega-6s)

8. Gastric Acid Reducers

(include proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix and Aciphex as well as H2-Receptor Blockers like Tagamet, Pepcid, Axid and Zantac)

~ reduce vitamins B12 and C, folic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, chromium, iron and zinc

9. Hypertension Medications

(Diuretics; include loop diuretics such as Bumetanide, Ethacrynic acid, Furosemide and Torsemide and thiazide diuretics including Chlorothiazide, Chlorthalidone, Hydrochlorothiazide, Indapamide and Metolazine)

~ deplete vitamins B1 and B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium

10. Other

Please do your research on medications such as anti-histamines, anti-convulsants, bronchodilators, anti-cancer drugs, laxatives, sleep aids and thyroid medications as they are also shown to deplete important vitamins and minerals.

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