Are Your Medications Causing Nutrient Deficiencies?

Could your symptoms be nutritional deficiencies?  Medications can have many potential side effects that patients often aren’t aware of when they start a new prescription. Are you aware of all the possible side effects of your medications and the nutrient deficiencies they can cause?

Medications can cause nutrient deficiencies by:

  • Decreasing the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals
  • Increasing excretion of nutrients
  • Increasing the amount of a nutrient needed to help break down the drug

Common medications and the nutrients that are affected:

  • Magnesium
  • Folic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B12
  • Iron
  • Co Q 10
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folic Acid

What should you do if you’re taking nutrient-depleting medications?

  • Do NOT stop your medications abruptly without talking to your healthcare provider. Some medications may require tapering and some medications should not be stopped at all.
  • Consider getting your nutrient levels tested or talk to your doctor about possible symptoms of nutrient deficiency.
  • Consider supplementing to prevent deficiency with high-quality, third-party tested supplements.

Cortney M. Mospan. (2019, December 17). Drug-induced nutrient depletions: What pharmacists need to know. U.S. Pharmacist – The Leading Journal in Pharmacy.