What if Your Medicines are Making You Sick? (Part 2)

What if Your Medicines are Making You Sick? (Part 2)

Part 2:  A Look at Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion

Another very popular group of medications are proton-pump inhibitors or PPI (Prilosec, Aciphex, Protonix, Nexium).  These medications treat heartburn and GERD by reducing stomach acid by up to 99 percent.  Though effective at treating acid reflux, decreasing stomach acid can substantially effect the absorption of nutrients.  Not only can decreases in folic acid, iron and zinc be seen, but also declines in calcium and vitamin D which can lead to weaker bones and possible fractures.  If taking any stomach acid reducing medicine, it is recommended to supplement with vitamin D 2000IU, B12 200mcg, folic acid 800mcg, calcium 1000mg, chromium 500mcg, iron 15mg, zinc 25-50mg and phosphorus 700mg.

Jen Ramaekers, Pharm D

Anti-depressants are also commonly prescribed.  Although these medications are not known to deplete any nutrient stores, they do require a consistent supply of B vitamins to synthesize the needed neurotransmitters to be effective.  A good B complex vitamin is recommended to help get the most out of the anti-depressant therapy.

Hormone replacement is also fairly common today whether in the form of oral contraception or hormone replacement therapy.  Women receiving such therapy need to realize that they may be depleting their stores of vitamins B6, B12, folic acid and magnesium.  A good supplement to therapy would contain calcium 1000-1200mg, folic acid 400-800mcg, magnesium 500mg, Vitamin B2 25mg, Vitamin B6 50mg, Vitamin B12 500-1000mcg, Vitamin C 500-1000mg and zinc 25-50mg.

Redline Specialty Pharmacy carries a variety of professional grade supplements that can help ward off these deficiencies if you are taking of these medications.  Please feel free to contact Jen to help you choose the correct supplementation for your current medication regimen.