Prescription Medications that lower nutrients

Source: Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, 2nd Edition

Drugs and categories: Nutrients lowered:

Anti-Inflammatory meds (NSAIDS, Aspirin, Prednisone)- Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B6,B12,Folic Acid.

Diuretics (Lasix, HCTZ, Aldactone)- Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, B1, Vitamin C and Zinc.

Cardiovascular Drugs (ACE inhibitors, Lisinopril, Vasotec)- Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Vitamin B1.

Beta Blockers (Lopressor, metoprolol)- Coenzyme Q10.

Diabetic Drugs (Metformin,)- Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid.

Sulfonylureas- Coenzyme Q10.

Antacids/Ulcer Medications (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac, Prevacid, Prilosec, Magnesium and aluminum antacids.)- Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Zinc.

Antibiotics (Gentamycin, cephalosporins, penicillin)- B vitamins, Vitamin K.

Tetracyclines- Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B6, Zinc.

Cholesterol Drugs (Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor)- Coenzyme Q10.

Anti-Depressants- Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B2

Female Hormones (Estrogen/Hormone replacement)- Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B1, B12, Magnesium, Vitamin C.

Anticonvulsants- Vitamin D, Biotin, Zinc, Folic Acid.

Nutrient deficiencies can cause anemia, osteoporosis, depression, weakness, low immunity etc… be aware of your nutrient status and with optimal levels of vitamins and minerals your body functions at its best.