Drugs That “Gobble” Vitamins

Drugs That “Gobble” Vitamins

When taken regularly, some frequently prescribed medications can diminish or deplete your body’s store of important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.

If you take any medications, talk with a nutrition-oriented medical professional about whether you should add certain supplements to your daily regimen.

Type of DrugExamples-Name BrandsNutrients Depleted
AntacidsPepcid, Tagamet, ZantacVitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Zinc
 Prevacid, PrilosecVitamin B12
AntibioticsAmoxicillin, Erythromycin, Penicillin, Tetracycline“Friendly” and beneficial intestinal bacteria
AntidepressantsAdapin, Aventyl, Elavil, TofranilVitamin B2, CoQ10
Antidiabetic DrugsDymelor, Micronase, TolinaseCoQ10
 GlucophageVitamin B12
Anti-InflammatoriesAspirinVitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium
 Advil, Aleve, Dolobid, Feldene, Indocin, Lodine, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprosyn, Orudis, Relafen, VoltarenFolic Acid
 Betamethasone, Budesonide, Cortisone, Dexamethasone, Hydrocortisone, Methylprednisolone, Prednisolone, PrednisoneVitamin C, Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magensium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc
Blood Pressure Lowering DrugsApresolineVitamin B6, CoQ10
 Bumex, Edecrin, LasixVitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc
 Aquatensen, Lozol, ZaroxolynCoQ10, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc
 DyreniumFolic Acid, Calcium, Zinc
 Blocadren, Cartrol, Corgard, Inderal, Kerlone, Lopressor, Normodyne, Sectral, Tenormin, ViskinCoQ10
Cholesterol Lowering DrugsBaycol, Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, ZocorCoQ10
 Colestid, QuestranVitamin A, Beta-Catotene, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Iron
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)Evista, Prempro, Premarin, EstratabVitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Magensium, Zinc
Oral ContraceptivesEstrastep, Norinyl, Ortho-Novem, TriphasilVitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Magensium, Zinc
TranquilizersOrmazine, Mellaril, Prolixin, ThorazineVitamin B2, CoQ10
 HaldolCoQ10

 

SOURCE: Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook by R. Pelton et al, Physician’s Desk Reference