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Drug Nutrient Depleters

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Common over-the-counter and prescription drugs deplete your body of nutrients.  The effects of being depleted of nutrients can include low-energy, depression, and congestive heart failure.  Below is a table with a list of drugs and the nutrients.  You can search the table for your meds or read through.

Drug Types Drugs Nutrients Depleted Side Effects of Depletion
Acid Blockers Proton pump inhibitors, H2 blockers All nutrients, because they alter the pH in the body, inhibiting absorption. heart disease, high homocysteine, fatigue, yeast infection (candida), irritable bowel syndrome, increased risk of cancer, poor vision, high blood pressure, anemia, brittle nails, hair loss, hearing loss, tooth decay, gluten sensitivity
Antibiotics All B Vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Beneficial Bacteria heart disease, high homocystein, fatigue, yeast infection (candida), increased risk of cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, leg cramps, high blood pressure, low thyroid, bone loss, weight gain
Anti-Depressants All Vitamin B6 hypothyroidism, depression, hair loss, weight gain, lowered immunity, fatigue, heaches, congestive heart failure, heart palpitations, leg cramps, skin and nerve problems, weight gain, heart disease, nerve pain, mouth sores, PMS, nsomnia, dermatitis
  MAO Inhibitors:  selgiline (Elderpryl), phenlzine (Nardil), isocarboxazid (Marplan)    
  SSRIs:  Paxil, Prozac Iodine  
  Tricyclics:  amitriptyline (Elavil), desipramine (NOrpamin), eoxpein (Sinequan), clomipramine (Anafranil), imipramine (Tofranil), nortiptyline COQ10, Riboflavin  
Anxiety Medications Alphrazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan) Melatonin/Serotonin Weight gain, insomnina, heart palpitations, lowered immunity, increased risk of autoimmune disorders
Blood Pressure Medications All   loss of sex drive, prostate problems, loss of smell or taste, hair loss, slow wound healing, frequent infections, higher risk of cancer, leg cramps, high blood pressure, weigh gain, bone loss, heart disease, irregular hartbeat, memory loss, muscle cramps, insomnia, autoimmundisorders, bone loss confusion, muscle weakness, thirst, high blood pressure, fatigue, liver damage, higher risk of heart attack
  ACE Inhibitors:  captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil), quinapril (Accupril), ramipri (Altace), transdopril (Mavik), foinopril (Monopril) Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium  
  Beta-blockers:  atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolo (Toprol, Lopressor), timolo (Timoptic drops), nadolo (Corgard), sotalol (Betapace) CoQ10, melatonin  
  Calcium channel blockers:  nifedipine (Procardia), felodipine (Plendil), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin), diltiazem (Cardizem), amlopidine (Norvasc) Potassium, Vitamin D, calcium, possibly CoQ10  
  Clonidine (Catapres), methyldopa (Aldomet) CoQ10  
 Breathing Medications  Fluticasone (Flonase and Flovent)  Folate, Most Minerals, Iodine hypothyroidism, depression, hair loss, weight gain, lowered immunity
Cholesterol Medications All   congestive heart failure, high homocystein, fatigue, yeast infection (candida), irritable bowel syndrome, lowered immune system, hair loss, muscle pain, wekaness, cramps, insomnia, vision problems, memory loss, shorteness of breath, higher risk of cancer, liver damage
   Fibrates:  Fenofibrate (Tricor), ezetimibe (Zetia), gemfibrozil (Lopid), clofibrate (Atromid-S), cholestyramine)  Most minerals and B Vitamins  
   Statins:  atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol)  CoQ10, possibly Vitamin D  
Diabetes Medications All   fatigue, weakness, muscle cramps, memory loss, higher risk of cancer, lowered immunity/frequent infection, liver damage, congestive heart failure, high homocysteine
   Glyburide (Ddiabeta, Glynase, Micronase)
 CoQ10, B6, B12, Folate
   Metformin (Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Fortamet, Riomet), metformin and sitagliptin (Janumet), tolazamine (Tolinase), glipizide (Glucotrol)
 CoQ10, B6, B12, Folate
 Diuretics  All of them
 B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Zinc, Calcium Magnesium, Potassium
bone loss (osteoporosis), heart disease, slow wound healing, frequent infection, leg cramps, depression, memory loss, lowered immunity, vision problems, enlarged prostate, edema, weight gain, hair loss, high blood pressure, fatigue, molod swings
 Gout Medications
 Colchine  Vitamin A, B12, Potassium, Calcium
lowered immunity/increased infections, fatigue, muscle cramps and weakness, water retention (edema), weight gain, low apetite, heart disease, dehydration, vision loss
 Laxatives  Bisacodyl (Ducolax)
 Potassium, other minerals
vision problems, high blood pressure, bone loss, rickets, hearing loss heart disease, muscle weakeness and cramps
   Mineral Oil
 Vitamin A, Calcium Vitamin D, Vitamin E, most other nutrients
irregular heartbeat, heart palpitations, muscle weakness and cramps, tiredness, water retention (edema), weight gain
 NSAIDs  Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox), keptoprofen (Oruis), Meloxicam (Mobic)
 Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron
heart disease, high homocysteine, cervical dysplasia, higher risk of cancer, higher risk of birth defects, depression diarrhea, gray hair, mouth sores, anemia, lowered immunity/frequent infections, hypothyroidism
   Acetominophen  Glutathione Increased risk of autism if taken during pregnancy or shortly before or after a vaccine reaction.
Oral Contraceptives, Hormone Replacement Therapy  All estrogen-containing hormone drugs used for contraception and menopause.
 Beneficial flor, magnesium, zinc, most minerals, B vitamins, Vitamin C
heart disease, fatigue, candida, increased risk of stroke, increased risk of cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, insomnia, lowered immunity/frequent infections, memory loss, irritability, nerve pain, hypothyroidism, inability to cope, higher risk of breast cancer
 Aspirin, Percodan, Fiorinal
 Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Folate, Pantethine, Protein
fatigue, depression, bone loss (osteoporosis), brittle nails, hair loss, water retention (edema), high cholesterol, high homocystein, heart disease, high blood pressure
 Thyroid Medications
 Levothyroxine, Synthroid, Armour
 Iron, Calcium
 anemia, fatigue/weakeness, brittle nails, irritability, bone loss (osteoporosis), tooth decay high blood pressure, heart disease, insomnia, acid reflux, digestive problems, increased risk of cancer