When a medication is prescribed, the symptomatic side-effects should be discussed with your prescriber. Unfortunately, we often overlook the other side effect: nutrient depletions. Micronutrients are essentail to keepinng the macinery of your body running smoothly. Whether it is an occasional antibiotic, heart medication or even over-the-counter medication, please be aware of the most common nutrient depletions so that you can be aware of what needs to be replaced.

DRUG USAGENUTRIENT DEPLETION
Opiate
hydrocodone/acetaminophen
Narcotic for pain reliefB9, Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium
Statin Drugs
Lipitor, Crestor, Lescol,
Pravachol, Zocor, Mevacor
Lowering cholesterolCoQ10
ACE Inhbitor
Lisinopril. Altace, Accupril,
Capoten, Prinivil, Zestril, Vasotec
HypertensionZinc
Thiazide Diuretic
Hydrochlorothiazide
HypertensionVitamin D, Calcium Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Coenzyme Q10
Beta Blockers
Atenolol, Corgard, Lopressor, Tenormin, Toprol XL, Metoprolol
HypertensionCoenzyme Q10, Chromium, Melatonin
Loop Diuretic
Furosemide,, Lasix, Ethacrynic acid, Edecrin, Bumex,
HypertensionB1, B6, Vitamin C, Calcium Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc
Calcium Channel Blocker
Amlodipine (Norvasc), felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), nimodipine (Nimotop), inisoldipine (Sular)
HypertensionVitamin D
Potassium Sparing Diuretics
Amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene, Aldactone, Dyazide, Dyrenium, Maxzide
Hypertension, Heart FailureCalcium Magnesium, Phosphorus Watch for a high Potassium level
Biguanide
Metformin, Glucophage
Diabetes, Blood-Sugar RegulationFolic Acid, B12
Sulfonylurea
Glyburide, glipizide, glimepiride, Amaryl, Diabeta, Glucotrol, Glynase, Micronase
DiabetesCoenzyme Q10
Corticosteroid
Flonase, Beclovent, Beconase, QVar,
Vancenase, Vanceril
Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis Beta-Carotene, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Melatonin
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic
Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro, Floxin, Noroxin,
Penetrex, Trovan
Infection (bacterial)Biotin, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Zinc, Healthy intestinal bacteria
Beta-2 Adrenergic Receptor Agonist

Albuterol aerosol, Brethine, Proventil, Tornalate, Ventolin, Xopenex
Asthma, COPD Potassium, and possibly Calcium Magnesium, Phosphorus
Corticosteroid
Prednisone, Deltasone, Celestone, Cortisone, Cortef, Cortone, Dexamethasone, Decadron, Hydrocortone, Medrol, Methylprednisolone
Severe Inflammation, Autoimmune Disease, Immune System SuppressionBeta-Carotene, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc
Cardiac Glycoside
Digoxin, Digitek, Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps
Heart Failure, ArrhythmiasCalcium Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, B1
Penicillin Antibiotic
Amoxicillin, Amoxil, Trimox, Penicillin
InfectionBeneficial intestinal bacteria, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Vitamin k, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol
Macrolide Antibiotics
Erythromycin, Azithromycin, Biaxin, Zithromax
InfectionHealthy Intestinal Bacteria, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, vitamin K, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Amitriptyline, clomipramine, doxepin imipramine, Anafranil, Asendin, Elavil, Tofranil, Vivactil
DepressionCoenzyme Q10, B2, Sodium
NSAID
Ibuprofen, naproxen and other Arthritis drugs
Inflammation, Pain Folic Acid
AspirinPain, Inflammation, Fever (adults)Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, Zinc
Acetaminophen
Tylenol
Pain, Fever Coenzyme Q10, Glutathione
Antacids
Amphojel, Basaljel, Aluminum Hydroxide plus Magnesium, Gaviscon, Gelusil, Maalox, Mylanta
Gastritis, GERD Beta-Carotene, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Calcium Magnesium, Chromium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus
Laxatives with Bisacodyl
Carter’s Little Pills, Correctol, Dulcolax, Feen-a-Mint, PMS-Bisacodyl
ConstipationCalcium, Potassium
H2 Inhibitors
Famotidine, Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac
Ulcer, GERD Folic Acid, B1, B12, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Zinc

If you’re concerned about drug induced micronutrient deficiencies or simply nutrient deficiencies, we highly recommend a blood test to determine you status. Our preferred test is the Vibrant America® MicroNutrient Test. It tests extracellular and intracellular (WBC, RBC) of most major micronutrients, antioxidants, omega fatty acids and some amino acids.

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