9 Medications That Can Starve You of Important Nutrients

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Did you know that taking medications can deplete your body of important nutrients?

Most of us don’t think about it. Whether your medication is to prevent back pain, fight infection, manage diabetes or high blood pressure – there’s a chance that these medications are also depleting you body of vital nutrients for healthy living.

Below are some examples of medications and the nutrients that may be adversely affected.

  • Narcotic for Pain – Such as: Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Opiates)
    • Folic Acid
    • Vitamin C
    • Iron
    • Potassium
  • Antibiotics – Such as: Amoxicillin/Penicillin/Erythromycin
    • Healthy Intestinal Bacteria
    • Vitamin B1,B2,B3,B6,B12, K
    • Folic Acid
    • Biotin
    • Inositol
  • Diabetes – Such as: Metformin (Biguanides)
    • Folic Acid
    • B12
  • High Blood Pressure – Such as: Hydrochlorothiazide (Thiazide Diuretics)
    • Vitamin D
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Phosphorus
    • Potassium
    • Zinc
    • Coenzyme Q10
  • Gerd/Severe Gastric Ulceration – Such as: Proton Pump inhibitors
    • Beta Carotene
    • Vitamin B1
    • Vitamin B12
    • Folic Acid
    • Calcium
    • Zinc
  • Osteoporosis – Such as: Bisphosphonates
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Phosphorus
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy – Such as: Conjugated Estrogen/Oral Contraceptives
    • Vitamins B6, B12 & D
    • Magnesium
    • Zinc
    • Calcium
    • Folic Acid
  • Pain/Inflammation NSAIDS – Such as: Ibuprofen and other non-prescription arthritis medications
    • Folic Acid
    • Melatonin
  • GERD/Gastritis – Such as: Non-Prescription Antacids
    • Beta-Carotene
    • Folic Acid
    • Vitamin D
    • Calcium
    • Chromium
    • Iron
    • Zinc
    • Magnesium
    • Phosphorus

Now that we have an idea of the nutrients that may be affected by our medication; here are some of the symptoms that may occur if you are depleted of these nutrients.

Symptoms for each nutrient deficiency includes:

  • Folic Acid Deficiency – Anemia, chronic diarrhea
  • Healthy Intestinal Bacteria Deficiency – Antibiotics deplete normal flora throughout the body (good and bad bacteria) – Probiotics may be suggested to combat symptoms
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency – Muscle weakness, memory loss, confusion, fatigue
  • Vitamin D Deficiency – Loss of bone density in adults with increased risk for osteoporosis
  • Magnesium Deficiency – Short term memory loss, emotional ups and downs, panic attacks, fatigue, muscle cramps, constipation, craving for sweets, etc.
  • Iron Deficiency – Extreme fatigue, pale skin, dizziness, cold hands and feet, brittle nails
  • Zinc Deficiency – Hair loss, diarrhea, impotence, loss of appetite, weight loss, mental lethargy
  • Phosphorus Deficiency – Fatigue, bone weakness, arthritis, numbness
  • Calcium Deficiency – Tooth decay, weak bones, brittle nails, dry skin, kidney stones, osteoporosis
  • Potassium Deficiency – Muscle cramps, chills, insomnia, depression, fatigue, irregular heartbeat
  • Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency - Aches and Pains, Sore Muscles, Fatigue, Shortness of Breath, Forgetfulness and Mental Confusion

These symptoms may be overlooked and passed off as ‘old age’ or ‘in your head’ if you don’t know what to look for in the first place. And what’s worse is that if you don’t realize that it’s a nutrient deficiency creating the symptoms, more medications may be prescribed to ‘fix’ the new symptoms.


Nutrients are essential to the metabolic activities of every cell in the body. They’re used up in the process and need to be replaced by new nutrients in food or supplements.

Take some time, assess your medications and the possible symptoms you may be having and consult your physician or come into Partell Pharmacy and speak with one of our friendly pharmacists on options that can work for your individual needs.
Not only does Partell Pharmacy offer quality prescriptions that fit your needs as prescribed by your medical practitioner, but we also offer medical-grade supplements that are of the highest quality and natural for your body’s nutrient needs, vital for healthy living.

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