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Are Your Medications Depleting Your Nutrients?

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It’s widely accepted in the U.S. that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications often come with unpleasant side effects, such as fatigue, muscle aches, diarrhea, or nausea. But did you know that many of the most commonly prescribed and OTC medications can also deplete your body of vital nutrients?

Most medications won’t cause nutrient deficiencies if taken only periodically or for a short amount of time. However, long-term medication use may interfere with your body’s ability to absorb or produce various nutrients, potentially leading to serious and debilitating consequences. 

For example:
– Low Vit B12 can cause fatigue, irritability, tingling sensations or numbness in the hands or feet, weakness, confusion, and memory loss.
– Low Vit D, Vit C, and Zinc can weaken your immune system and leave you vulnerable to infections, amongst other issues.
– Low Magnesium can cause muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, and mood disturbances.
– Low Calcium can cause bone loss, muscle spasms, irregular heartbeat, and even seizures.

Furthermore, your doctor may not warn you (or even know) about potential medication-induced nutrient deficiencies. As such, the negative effects of these deficiencies may not be identified and treated correctly or at all. 

Below is a list of the most common prescription and OTC medications that can lead to nutrient deficiencies. If you take one or more of these medications, consider supplementing your diet with Nutrient injections or Nutrient IV drips that contain a combination of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. 

DrugCommon/Other NamePotential Deficiency
Acid-suppressing Drugs & AntacidsNexium, Pepcid, Prevacid, Prilosec, Tagamet Vit B12
Vit C
Vit D
Zinc
Calcium
Iron
Magnesium
AntibioticsAmoxil, Bactrim, Ceclor,Cipro, LevaquinB vitamins (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 12)
Calcium
Magnesium
Potassium
BronchodilatorsCorticosteroidsVit B12
Vit D
AntidepressantsCymbalta, Lexapro, Paxil,Prozac, Zoloft, othersVit D
Calcium
NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)Aspirin, Ibuprofen, othersVit C
Calcium
Birth Control (Oral Contraceptives)Estrogen and/or ProgesteroneVit B12
Vit B6
Vit C
Magnesium
Calcium
Diabetes Medication (Oral Hypoglycemics)Metformin, Avandia, Diabeta, Prandin Vit B12
Vit D
Calcium
Cholesterol Lowering (Statins)Lipitor, Crestor, Lescol, Mevacor, Zocor, othersCoQ10
Vit D
Blood Pressure Medication (Anti-Hypertensives)ACE Inhibitors, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs), Beta Blockers, Calcium Channel BlockersZinc
Calcium
Magnesium
Potassium
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