Drugs That Deplete Vitamins

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sans-serif;”>When taken regularly, some frequently prescribed medications can diminish or deplete your body’s stores of important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

If you take any medications, talk with a nutrition-oriented medical professional about whether you should add certain supplements to your daily regimen.

TYPE OF DRUG

EXAMPLES – NAME BRANDS

NUTRIENTS DEPLETED

Antacids

Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac

Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Zinc

Prevacid, Prilosec

Vitamin B-12

Antibiotics

Amoxicillin, Erythromycin, Penicillin, Tetracycline

Friendly” Beneficial Intestinal Bacteria

Antidepressants

Adapin, Aventyl, Elavil, Tofranil

Vitamin B-2, Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinol)

Anti-diabetic drugs

Dymelor, Micronase, Tolinase

Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinol)

Glucophage

Vitamin B-12

Anti-inflammatory

Aspirin

Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium

Advil, Aleve, Dolobid, Feldene, Indocin, Lodine, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprosyn, Orudis, Relafen, Voltaren

Folic Acid

Betamethasone, Budesonide, Cortisone, Dexamethasone, Hydrocortisone, Methylprednisolone, Prednisolone, Prednisone

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc

Blood pressure-
lowering drugs

Apresoline

Vitamin B-6, Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinol)

Bumex, Edecrin, Lasix

Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc

Dyrenium

Folic Acid, Calcium, Zinc

Blocadren, Cartrol, Corguard, Inderal, Kerlone, Lopressor, Normodyne, Sectral, Tenormin, Viskin

Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinol)

Aquatensen, Lozol, Zaroxolyn

Co-enzyme Q-10, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc

Cholesterol-
Lowering Drugs

Baycol, Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor

Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinol)

Colestid, Questran

Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Iron

Hormone Replacement
Therapy (HRT)

Evista, Prempro, Premarin, Estratab

Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc

Oral Contraceptives

Estrastep, Norinyl, Ortho-Novem, Triphasil

Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc

Tranquilizers

Ormazine, Mellaril, Prolixin, Thorazine

Vitamin B-2, Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinol)

Haldol

Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinol)

Source: Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, by R. Pelton et al.; Physician’s Desk Reference

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