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Prescription Drugs Cause Nutrient Depletion

Many side effects of prescription drugs may not be direct effects of the drug per se, but due instead to nutrient depletion caused by taking the drug over time. Some common classes of drugs are listed below. Refer to Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, by Pelton, et al. for more comprehensive information.

Antacids: calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphate, zinc, potassium
Antibiotics, in general: all B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, probiotics
Aspirin: folic acid, vitamin C, iron, amino acids/protein
Beta blockers: Coenzyme Q10
Birth control pills: vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc
Cardiac glycosides (Lanoxin and Digoxin): Calcium and magnesium
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs: Coenzyme Q10
Corticosteroids (Prednisone): vitamin D, calcium, selenium, zinc, potassium
Gout medications: vitamin B12, vitamin A, potassium, sodium
H2 receptor agonists (Tagamet and Zantac): folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron, zinc
NSAIDs (Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, etc.): folic acid
Loop diuretics: (Lasix and Bumex): vitamin B1, vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc, potassium
Potassium supplements: Vitamin B12
Proton pump inhibitors (Losec and Nexium): vitamin B12
Sulfa drugs: folic acid
Sulfonylureas (including the diabetic medications: Orinase, Glucotrol, Diabinase, Micronase, Glynase): vitamin B1, coenzyme Q10
Tetracyclines: vitamin B6, vitamin B12, probiotics, calcium, magnesium, zinc

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