Learn which commonly prescribed medications put you at risk for nutrient depletions
Many prescription drugs deplete nutrients from the body, and this is one of the reasons you need nutritional supplements.
Check the nutrient-depleting drug list below to see which vitamins your medications may be robbing from your body.
|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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