correcting pharmaceutical-induced nutritional deficiencies...

Many patients suffer from an almost completely ignored epidemic of drug-induced nutrient depletions that can cause severe health problems. A large number of pharmaceutical side-effects are the direct result of these drug-induced nutrient deficiencies. 

In other words, a pharmaceutical medicine ‘robs’ you of one or more nutrients or other helpful substances, and this lack of nutrients causes additional side-effects. 

In a sense the medicine acts as an ‘anti-vitamin’ pill, taking away the substances you need for good health.  Thus, nutrient depletion caused by the medicines, rather than the medicines themselves, is often directly responsible for many of the side-effects associated with pharmaceuticals.

Among the most common medicines linked to nutrient depletion are oral contraceptives, cholesterol-lowering statins, and antibiotics. These and many other over-the-counter and prescription medications can interfere with your body’s ability to digest, absorb, synthesise, or make use of certain nutrients, leading to nutrient deficiency-related ‘side-effects’.

A pharmaceutical medicine ‘robs’ you of one or more nutrients or other helpful substances, and this lack of nutrients causes additional side-effects.

The only solution to averting pharmaceutical-induced nutritional deficiencies is to replace the depleted nutrients through nutritional supplements, dietary sources, or both. The below summarises some commonly prescribed medicines, along with the vitamins, minerals, and other nutraceuticals they are most likely to deplete. It is important to supplement with these nutrients if you are on any of these medicines.

Below is a list of Pharmaceutical Medicine’s with the associate Deficiency they cause:

» ACE inhibitors eg. Benazepril, Captopril, Enalapril, Fosinopril, Lisinopril, Moexipril, Perindopril, Erbumine, Quinapril, Ramipril, Spirapril, Trandolapril).
» Deficiency = Zinc

» Antacids (Aluminium salts)                                                
» Deficiency = Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium & Iron

» Antacids (Calcium salts)                                                     
» Deficiency = Copper, Zinc, Magnesium & Iron

» Antacids (Magnesium salts)                                               
» Deficiency = Copper, Zinc, Calcium & Iron

» Antibiotics
AMINOGLYCOSIDES (eg. Gentamicin, Neomycin, Tobramycin)
» Deficiency = Calcium , Magnesium, Iron, Lactobacillus, Vitamins A, B12 & K

» Antibiotics
CEPHALOSPORINS (eg. Cefaclor, Cefprozil, Cefuroxime, Loracarbef)
...also MACROLIDES (eg. Erythromycin, Azithromycin, Clarithromycin)
…also PENICILLINS (eg. Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Flucloxacillin, Pivampicillin)
…also QUINOLONES (eg. Ciprofloxacin, Gatifloxacin, Levofloxacin, Lomefloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Nalidixic Acid, Norfloxacin, Ofloxacin, Sparfloxacin, Travafloxacin)
…also SULFA DRUGS (eg. Co-Trimoxazole, Sulfamethoxazole, Trimethaprim)
…also TETRACYCLINES (eg. Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Minocycline).
» Deficiency = Lactobacillus, Vitamins B2 &, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin K

» Anti-inflammatories
NSAIDs (eg. Diclofenac, Etodolac, Fenoprofen, Ibuprofen, Indomethacin, Ketoprofen, Mefanamic acid, Melofenamate, Nabumetone, Naproxen, Oxaprozin, Piroxicam, Sulindac, Tolmetin)                                                                         
» Deficiency = Iron, Folic Acid, Zinc, Melatonin

» Betablockers (eg. Acebutolol, Atenolol, Betaxolol, Bisoprolol, Carteolol, Celiprolol, Esmolol, Labetalol, Levobetaxolol, Levobunolol, Metipranolol, Metoprolol, Nadolol, Penbutolol, Pindolol, Propranolol, Sotalol, Timolol)
» Deficiency = Melatonin

» Birth Control Pill (oestrogen/progestin combination) – mono/bi & triphasic (eg. Ethinyl estradiol, Desogestrel, Levonorgestrel, Norethindrone, Norgestimate)
» Deficiency = Vitamins B2, B6, B12 & C, Magnesium, Zinc, Folic Acid

»Paracetamol
»Deficiency = Glutathione, Selenium

» Psychotropics phenothazines (eg. Chlorpromazine, Fluphenazine, Mesoridazine, Perphenazine, Thioridazine, Trifluoperazine)…also THIOXANTHENES (eg. Chloroprothixene, Flupenthixol, Thiothixene, Zuclopenthixol)  
» Deficiency = Co-Enzyme Q10, Vitamin B2
          
» SSRI antidepressants (eg. Fluoxetine, Sertraline, Paroxetine, Citalopram, Escitalopram, Fluvoxamine)    
» Deficiency = Melatonin, Protein    

» Statins (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) (eg. Atorvastatin, Fluvastatin, Lovastatin, Provastatin, Simvastatin, Posuvastatin)
» Deficiency = Co-Enzyme Q10

» Sulfonylureas antidiabetic medication (eg. Acetohexamide, Chlorpropamide, Gliclazide, Glipizide, Glybenclamide, Glyburide, Tolazamide, Tolbutamide)
»  Deficiency = Co-Enzyme Q10

» Tricyclic antidepressants (eg. Amitriptyline, Amoxapine, Clomipramine, Desipramine, Doxepin, Imipramine, Nortriptyline, Protriptyline, Trimipramine)
» Deficiency = Co-Enzyme Q10, Vitamin B2

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