Drugs That Deplete Nutrients

Below is an article from Dr. James P Meschino, DC, MS written and well-referenced in 2009 advising patients who are currently taking prescription medications of which vitamin and mineral deficiencies are associated with those drugs.  While the list is not all-inclusive, it is extensive.  These are also not listed on the packing inserts found in these medications.

Of note is the amount of drugs that deplete nutrients specifically cause deficiencies in Vitamin D.  Over the last 2 or 3 years, I’ve been told by a lot of patients that they had been diagnosed with low Vitamin D levels. Given the amount of medications that are currently prescribed, I’m not surprised. So, if you or someone you know is currently taking something -either short or long term – it would help for them to read this and consider supplementing their diet accordingly.

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– Interestingly, NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are associated with Vitamins C & K, which are required in the repair process for injuries. So, while the inflammation may be reduced, the injury will not heal quickly.

– Antibiotics are associated with deficiencies in Vitamin C and zinc… the 2 main things most doctors tell people to take when they ARE sick!

– ERT (estrogen replacement therapy) lists everything one would associate with one who IS estrogen deficient. So while your estrogen levels are being supplied by outside sources, that’s just about all.

– Cholesterol lowering drugs – not surprisingly – deplete the body of all fat-soluble vitamins.  Lipitor specifically also depletes Co-Enzyme Q10.

Much of the list makes perfect sense, once you know the mechanism of action for these meds…so if you’re on any of these for a while, make sure you’re supplementing….and preferably from NATURAL sources!!