The Nutritional Implication of Medications

Are the prescription medications or over the counter medications you are taking depleting you of vital nutrients? Have you ever asked your Doctor what nutritional implications your medications may have? No? Most people wouldn’t. I would assume that the doctor would provide you with this information and some might, so you would be informed of what your body may lack due to your medication(s). Next time you go to the Doctor ask what the nutritional implications of your medication(s) are or what nutrients they deplete from the body.

Below is a table of common drug types and the nutrients they possibly deplete:

TYPE OF DRUG NAME EXAMPLES NUTRIENTS DEPLETED
Antacids Prilosec, Zantac, Tagamet, Etc. Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Zinc
Antibiotics General Aminoglycosides, Penecillins, Tetracyclines, Etc. B Vitamins, Vitamin K, Good Gut Bacteria, Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium, Iron
Anti-Depressants Nortriptyline, Doxepin, Amitriptyline, Norpramin, Etc. Vitamin B12, Coenzyme Q10
Anti-Inflammatories Asprin, Salicylates, Advil, Aleve, Anaprox, Motrin, Naprosyn, Cortisone, Hydrocortisone, Methylprednisone, Prednisone, Etc. Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc
Cardiovascular Drugs Apresoline, Catapres, Aldomet, Corgard, Inderal, Lopressor, Betapace, Tenormin, Sectral, Blocadren, Etc. Vitamin B6, Coenzyme Q10, Melatonin
Diuretics Lasix, Bumex, Edecrin, Enduron, Diuril, Lozol, Zaraoxolyn, Hygroton, Etc. Vitamins B1, B6, C, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc, Sodium, Coenzyme Q10
Cholesterol Lowering Agents (Statins) Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor, Pracachol, Crestor, Colestid, Questran, Etc. Coenzyme Q10, Vitamins A, B12, D, E, K, Beta-Carotene, Folic Acid, Iron
Oral Contraceptives Norinyl, Ortho-Novum, Triphasil, Etc. Vitamins B2, B3, B6, B12, C, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc
Information gathered from Drug-Induced Depletion Handbook, 2nd Edition

I recommend talking to your doctor about the medications you are taking and any nutritional Implications they may have.  Together you can discuss your options.  It is important to be a well-informed patient and take charge or your health.  The more you know, the more you know.

Be Well,

Jamey, NTP, CPT


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