Anti-Inflammatory and Other Drugs

Some prescription drugs deplete critical nutrients from the body. Use this guide to see if your medications are depleting critical nutrients. Check with your Doctor or Pharmacist to see if you should be supplementing these nutrients to avoid the potential side-effects of nutrient depletion.

Cardiovascular drug induced nutrient depletions are listed here.

Medication

Nutrients Depleted

Other Considerations

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Corticosteroids
Cortisone, Decadron, Flonase, Nasalide, Prednisone
Calcium, DHEA, Magnesium, Melatonin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamins B6, C, D, Zinc
  • N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC) supplementation may be beneficial with prednisone.
Sulfonamides
Azulfidine, Sulfasalazine
Folic Acid
  • Iron supplementation can decrease absorption; iron should be taken at least 2 hours prior
  • PABA may interfere with this drug's activity.
Salicylates
Anacin, Aspirin, Bayer, Tricosal, Salflex
Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, Sodium
  • Side effects of regular aspirin use outweigh benefits in elderly
NSAIDs
Celebrex, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin IB
Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron Phosphate
  • Can cause stomach irritation when combined with iron.
  • May cause elevated blood potassium levels in people with abnormal kidney function.
  • May increase blood potassium levels.
Anti-Asthmatic Drugs
Albuterol, Flovent, NasonexCalcium, DHEA, Magnesium, Melatonin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamins B6, C, D, K, Zinc
Diabetes Drugs
Sulfonylureas
Dymelor, Micronase, Glucotrol, Amaryl
CoQ10, NADH
  • Aloe vera juice may improve insulin and lipid levels.
  • 850 mg magnesium hydroxide increases Glucotrol absorption and activity, which could be either helpful or harmful; avoid supplementation without physicians supervision.
Biguanides
Glucophage
Vitamin B12
  • May decrease magnesium excretion.
  • Guar Gum slows the absorption rate of metformin.
Antibiotics
Amoxicillin, Cipro, Doxycycline, Trimethoprim /Sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMZ)Biotin, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, K, Probiotics
Psychotherapeutic Drugs
Butyrophenones
Haldol
CoQ10, Iron
  • May increase serum potassium levels.
  • May cause liver damage; milk thistle supplementation shown to be helpful.
SSRIs
Desyrel, Luvox, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft
Sodium
  • Low levels of folic acid create a poor response to the drug.
  • 5-HTP and L-tryptophan should be avoided.
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Elavil, Norpramin, Pamelor, Adapin, Sinequan, Tofranil
CoQ10, Vitamin B2
Valproic Acid Derivatives
Depakote
Carnitine, Copper
Digestive Aids
Laxatives
Agoral Plain, Bisco-Lax, Dulcolax
Beta-carotene, Vitamins A, D, E, K, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium
Antacids
Gaviscon, Maalox, Mylanta, Nephrox, Phillips Milk of Magnesia, Tums
Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium
  • May increase aluminum levels when combined with calcium citrate.
  • Aluminum supplements may interfere with folic acid and copper absorption.
  • People taking diuretics, digoxin, or digitalis may experience a fall in serum potassium levels if they take magnesium without additional potassium.
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Prevacid, Prilosec
Vitamin B12
  • Possible interference with beta-carotene absorption.
Histamine H2 Blockers
Axid, Pepcid, Ranitidine, Tagamet, Zantac
Calcium, Copper, Folic Acid, Iron, Vitamins B12, D, Zinc
Other Drugs
A-II Receptor Blockers
Cozaar
Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorus
Bisphosphonates
Fosamax
  • May interfere with calcium and magnesium absorption.
  • Supplements should be taken 2 hours before or after medication.
Glycosides
Digoxin, Lanoxin
Vitamin B1, K, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium
  • Hawthorn herb should be avoided.
  • Possible harmful interaction with St. John's Wort and licorice herbs.
  • Magnesium should be taken 1 hour before or 4-6 hours after taking this medication.
Thyroid Hormones
Levoxyl
Calcium
Vasodilators
Hydralazine
CoQ10, Vitamin B6