Holistic Approach to Wellness

Drugs that Deplete Nutrients

The use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is extremely prevalent in North America and in most of the Western developed world. It is reported that 46% of American take at least on prescription drug daily. In 2005, the Minnesota Board of aging demonstrated that for individuals over the age of 65, 21% took five or more prescription drugs every day; 25% took three to four prescription drugs per day; 36% took one to two prescription drugs per day, while only 18% did not take any prescription drugs on a daily basis.

It’s Important to work with a professional to make sure you’re getting enough vital nutrients through a safe balance of food and supplements.

The following is a summary of nutrients depleted by commonly used drugs:

Laxatives are associated with depletion of:

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Calcium

Antibiotics are associated with depletion of:

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B2

Biotin

Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Potassium

Magnesium

Zinc

Cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as Cholestyramine, Colestipol, Questran, Colestid, and Atromid-S are associated with depletion of:

Vitamin A

Vitamin B12

Beta-carotene

Folic Acid

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin  K

Iron

Colchicine, used to treat gout, is associated with depletion of:

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Folic Acid

Iron

Prednisone and related steroid drugs are associated with depletion of:

Folic Acid

Vitamin D

Zinc

Magnesium

Vitamin C

Calcium

Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, are associated with depletion of:

Folic Acid

Vitamin C

Vitamin K

Iron

Antacid drugs are associated with:

Vitamin A

Vitamin B1

Folic Acid

Vitamin B12

Chromium

Iron

Oral contraceptive drugs are associated with:

Beta-carotene

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B6

Folic Acid

Vitamin B12

Biotin

Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin C

Magnesium

Zinc

Sedatives and barbiturates are associated with:

Vitamin GB2

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Folic Acid

Vitamin B12

Pantothenic Acid

Estrogen-replacement therapy is associated with:

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B2

Folic Acid

Vitamin B12

Biotin

Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin C

Magnesium

Anti-depressants are associated with:

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B6

Calcium

Magnesium

Coenzyme Q10

Amphetamine and amphetamine containing drugs

Vitamin B1

Levodopa, used in Parkinson’s disease:

Vitamin B6

Many Anti-convulsant drugs are associated with:

Folic Acid

Biotin

Vitamin D

Vitamin F

Zinc

Digoxin (digitalis) is associated with:

Vitamin B1

Indomethacin is associated with:

Vitamin B1

Diuretic drugs are associated with:

Vitamin B2

Calcium

Potassium

Magnesium

Zinc

Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor drugs:

Zinc

Beta-Blockers

Coenzyme Q10

Statin drugs:

Coenzyme Q10

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