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Jan 16, 2012

Maintenance Drugs Side Effect

You should be aware that if you are taking maintenance medicine, you must take into account how it will affect your health after long term of use. There are maintenance medicine that can make your body suffer by depleting essential vitamins and minerals inside your body that can cause serious side effect like having a heart problem, osteoporosis and many more that we will discuss in a separate article. If you are taking any of the maintenance medicine stated below, consider taking additional exogenous antioxidant supplement so your body won't suffer. Please read the article below - Source: St. John Center for Wellness and Family Medicine, 18303 Ten Mile Road Suite 500, Roseville, MI 48066 586-498-5160. You can also view the original article in pdf file, copy paste the link in your browser.

Maintenance Drugs that can DEPLETE Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Despite the focus on eating a healthier diet as a tool for staying healthy, prescription or nonprescription drugs maybe necessary from time to time. Unfortunately, many of these drugs can cause the body to lose nutrients. The medical name for this is 'drug-induced nutrient depletion'.

This topic is of vital significance to both health professionals and the general public.

For decades, studies have documented that many commonly prescribed drugs can cause the depletion of one or more nutrients. Unfortunately, this information does not receive the publicity and attention it deserves. Researchers believe that many of the side effects from drugs may actually be due to the nutrient depletion that are caused by the drugs, when taken over time. In 1998, 11 of the top 20 drugs prescribed were drugs for which studies showed potential nutrient depletion.

Below is a list of the nutrients that may be depleted by long term use of some commonly prescribed medications. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications have the potential to deplete nutrients from the body. Because so many people depend on medications to maintain their health, simply removing medications or stopping the use of medications is not necessarily the answer. Changing the use of medications must be done only under the supervision of a physician. However, you can make changes in your lifestyle, particularly through proper diet and supplements, to help replace the nutrients that may be depleted during the use of medications. If you take any of the below medications regularly, you should discuss possible diet changes or supplementation with your health care provider in order to prevent deficiencies from developing.

All that contain Aluminum or Magnesium - depletes Calcium and Phosphorus

All - depletes B Vitamins, Vitamin K, Lactobacillus and Acidophilus Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Bactrim, Septra - depletes Magnesium and Calcium

Sulfonylureas: Glynase, Prandin, Glucotrol - depletes Coenzyme Q10
Metformin (Glucophage) - depletes Vitamin B12

Aspirin - depletes Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Potassium, Iron and Sodium
NSAIDS(All) - depletes Folic Acid and Melatonin
Coticosteroid(Prednisine, etc.) - depletes Calcium, Vitamin D, Potassium, Zinc, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Folic Acid and Selenium

Valium, Ativan - depletes Melatonin

Lasix, Bumex - depletes Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Potassium, Zinc
Hydrochlorthiazide(HCTZ), Hydrodiuril - depletes Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc Dyazide, Maxide - depletes Calcium, Folic Acid and Zinc
ACE Inhibitors(Prinivil, Zestril, Altace etc) - depletes Zinc
Clonidine, Aldomet - depletes Coenzyme Q10
Beta-Blockers - depletes Coenzyme Q10, Melatonin
Digoxin - depletes Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Vitamin B1

All Statins(Lipitor, Pracachol, Zocor, etc) - depletes Coenzyme Q10
Bile Acid Binders(Cholestyramine, Colestipol) - depletes Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium , Magnesium, Phosphorous and Zinc

Birth Control Pills - depletes Vitamins B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Magnesium and Zinc
Estrogens - depletes Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin B6

H2- Blockers
Tagamet, Pepcid, Zantac, Axid - depletes Vitamins B12, Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron and Zinc
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Prevacid, Protonix, Aciphex, Nexium, Prisolec - depletes Vitamin B12

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  1. I did not know that so many maintenance medicines has so many side effects. I will have to do more research on the medicines I am taking.

  2. A recent report on late effects of Revlimid. Should I be worried? This is with Multiple Myloma patients

  3. I have seen many side effect of medicine which claim that is no side effect. Antioxidants