Drugs That Make a Nutritional Supplement Necessary

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Filed Under: Why You Need Supplements, Nutritional Support
Last Reviewed 03/25/2014

Drugs That Make a Nutritional Supplement Necessary

Many prescription drugs deplete nutrients from the body, and this is one of the reasons you need to take a nutritional supplement.

Check the nutrient-depleting drug list below to see which vitamins your medications may be robbing from your body, and which nutritional supplement is right for you.

Drug Category Nutrients Depleted
ACE Inhibitors (for cardiovascular disease): Lotensin, Vasotec Zinc, sodium
Antibiotics: Penicillin, sulfonamide, erythromycin Calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, disruption of beneficial intestinal bacteria
Benzodiazepines (for anxiety and sleep): Valium, Xanax Melatonin
Beta Blockers (for cardiovascular disease): Inderal, Lopressor Coenzyme Q10, melatonin
Birth Control Pills: Ovral, Demulen Folic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, zinc, selenium, trace minerals
Bronchodilators (for asthma and respiratory problems): Albuterol, Serevent Potassium
Calcium Channel Blockers (for cardiovascular disease): Cardizem, Norvasc Potassium
Diabetes Drugs: Glucophage, Avandia Vitamins B12 and B6, folic acid, coenzyme Q10, sodium, zinc, magnesium, potassium
Estrogen: Premarin, Prempro Vitamin B6
NSAIDs: Ibuprofen, naproxen Folic acid, iron, vitamin C
Potassium-Sparing Diuretics: Aldactone, Dytac Folic acid, iron, vitamin C, zinc
SSRI Antidepressants: Prozac, Paxil Sodium, folic acid, melatonin
Statins (for lowering cholesterol): Mevacor, Zocor Coenzyme Q10
Thiazide Diuretics: Diuril, hydrochlorothiazide Magnesium, coenzyme Q10, potassium, sodium, zinc, thiamine, vitamins B6 and C
Thyroid Replacement: Synthroid Calcium
Ulcer Drugs: Zantac, Pepcid Vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron, zinc, folic acid, impaired protein digestion

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