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nutritional deficiencies can medications produce?
Drugs have side effects, I’m sure
you know this, but what really causes a lot of these
possible side effects?
The nutritional deficiencies that are produced
by these drugs. Drugs
are chemicals that are foreign to the body and as such
can deplete the body of its natural stores of
vitamins, minerals and hormones.
Not understanding this can lead to new
“diseases”, those created by the deficiencies.
If a person takes a drug, it’s a good thing to
understand what to do to ward off these deficiencies
by supplementing your diet.
When your medication depletes the Electrolytes (magnesium, calcium, potassium, etc) Find out more at Electrolytes,
So, what deficiencies are caused by
the drugs commonly taken for neuropathy?
(Gabapentin) – this drug is a
anticonvulsant – it can produce deficiencies in
calcium, folate (vitamin B9), thiamine (B1) Note: B1
is necessary to repair the damaged nerves, and vitamin
D (also needed to repair nerves)
(pregabalin) is an anti-epileptic
drug, also called an anticonvulsant –boosts
depletes the body of thiamine(B1)
& vitamin D
is an anti-depressant – can cause possible
calcium, iron and multi-vitamin deficiencies.
These type of drugs, as anti-depressants, can
cause hormone imbalances.
For more information go to http://www.mcvitamins.com/cymbalta-neuropathy.htm
Health Breakthrough with B1 and Vitamin D
Diuretics ("water pills")
increase the amount of sodium and water excreted into
the urine by the kidneys. It is thought that they
lower blood pressure mainly by reducing the volume of
fluid in the blood vessels.
Diuretics include Tholitone (chlorthalidone),
HydroDiuril, Microzide and Esidrix (hydrocholorthiaziede),
Lozol (Idaparrade), Zaroxolyn, Mykrox (metclazone),
They create deficiencies in B
vitamins, folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, &
well as vitamin C, CoQ10, iron, zinc, calcium,
magnesium and potassium.
blockers block the effect of adrenaline on the
(Acebutolol), Tenormin (Atenolol), Kerlone (Betaxolol),
Zebeta or Ziac (bisoprolol), Cartrol (carteolol),
Coreg (Carvedilol), Normodyne or Trandate (Labetalol),
Lopressor or Toprol (Metoprolol), Corgard (Nandolol),
Levatol (Penbutolol), Inderal or Inderal LA (Propranolol),
Biocadren (Timolol), etc.
medications create deficiencies in CoQ10.
Need to make sure potassium doesn’t go too
not take with alcohol, orange juice, animal protein,
Calcium Channel Blockers
channel blockers can reduce blood pressure by dilating
the arteries and, in some cases, reducing the force of
the heart's contractions.
or Caduet or Lotrel (Amlodipine), Cradizem or Dilacor
or Tiazac (Diltiazem),
Plendil (Felodipine), DynaCirc (Isradipine),
Procardia XL or Adalat (Nifedipine), Sular (Nisoldipine),
Isoptin or Calan or Verelan (Isoptin), etc.
create deficiencies in potassium, vitamin D, calcium
and possibly CoQ10.
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme
Inhibitors (ACE Inhibitors)
angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (the
"ACE inhibitors") can lower blood pressure
by dilating the arteries.
Some of these are Lotensin (Benazepril), Capoten (Captopril),
Vasotec or Vaseretic (Enalapril), Monopril (Fosinopril),
Prinival or Zestril (Lisinopril), Univasc (Moexipril),
Accupril (Quinapril), Altace (Ramipril), Mavik (Trandolapril),
will deplete the body of CoQ10, calcium, magnesium,
potassium & zinc.
Drugs (Anti-Cholesterol Drugs)
Statin drugs are known to be linked to various side effects in
their attempt to lower cholesterol. Some of these are
Lipitor, Crestor, Zetia, etc.)
Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that makes energy for you
by sparking the production of the energy molecule ATP which every
single cell in your body needs to function. It assists in
hundreds of enzymatic reactions. ATP provides the energy that
helps blood sugar regulation, muscle contraction, disease
prevention, brain health and proper heart function. It is most
famous for its role in the heart. Enzymes are substances that
help make chemical reactions take place. A coenzyme helps an
enzyme do its job.
It is found that statin drugs depletes the body of this
Studies suggest that there can be a statin-induced vitamin D
deficiency which causes muscle pain and cramps.
Researchers have found that CoQ10 helps support healthy
nerve/muscle coordination, healthy memory retention, as well as the
regulation, integration, and coordination of on-going nervous system
Thus, depleting the body of CoQ10 can lead to many possible side
If you have heard that statins have a
possible side effect of nerve damage this is due to the cholesterol
blocking function of this drug. Statin drugs work by inhibiting an enzyme
called HMG CoA reductase in the pathway to produce
cholesterol. Cholesterol is also a major building block for
cell membranes and nerves. The nerve lining, the myelin sheath, is
made from cholesterol. A study was published in the
journal, Neurology, in 2002. It was found that people who
were taking a statin drug at the time of his study had a 16.1-fold
increased risk of neuropathy compared to people not taking
statins. For more information about
and a Nerve
If you would you like to
learn what else to do when taking these drugs or
research what nutritional deficiencies are caused by
other drugs -
Read: Drug Muggers
To Keep Your Medicine From Stealing the Life Out of
You by Suzy Cohen, RPh (Registered Pharmacist)
See also: A Practical Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion
Hyla Cass, M.D.
Drug Side Effects -Click to go to a database
on these side effects.
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