Common Medications and Depletion of Nutrients

Natalie Cote

Did you know that commonly used medications can deplete your body of essential vitamins and nutrients? Both prescription and over the counter medications can contribute to these deficiencies leading to potential health problems.  Each year, the number of prescription medications dispensed in this country increases.  Some of the most common medications prescribed are for conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.  The medications used to treat these conditions may leave your body deficient in important nutrients that play a role in blood pressure support, healthy cholesterol levels and blood sugar regulation.  


Co-Enzyme Q10 is a vital nutrient used by every cell in your body to make energy.  It is also important in supporting your immune system, cardiovascular system, metabolism and detoxification processes.  Medications used to treat the conditions mentioned above such as simvastatin, atorvastatin, metformin, glyburide and metoprolol all leave your body depleted of this vital nutrient.  Symptoms of Co-Enzyme Q10 deficiencies include fatigue, increased lipid levels and an increased risk in heart disease. 


B-Vitamins play so many important roles in your body.  They too help with energy production, metabolism, immune system functions, nervous system support, cardiovascular health and can help your body cope with stress.  Medications such as antacids, omeprazole, antibiotics, oral birth control pills, metformin, ibuprofen, naproxen and corticosteroids all leave your body in need of B vitamins.  Symptoms of B-vitamin deficiencies include fatigue, foggy thinking, depression, irritability, anemia and skin problems.


What can you do to ensure your body is replenished of the nutrients it needs?  Incorporating more whole foods into your diet is the number one way to stock up on vitamins and minerals.  Increasing the amount of fruit, veggies, nuts and lean protein are all things you can do to replace what is lost.  Another step you can take is supplementing with high quality, pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements.  Work with your pharmacist to go over your medication list to determine the best supplements for you!  Just remember, it is important to take your medications as prescribed by your physician.  Never discontinue a drug without speaking to your medical provider first.  


A pharmacist is always available to discuss your medication list at PerforMix Specialty Pharmacy.  Call us up or send us a message today!


-Courtney Parker, PharmD, RPh

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