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Diminish your depletions


Medications help treat specific conditions by altering a natural process that is causing problems. While relief from discomfort is invaluable, sometimes this change in the body can lead to unwanted side effects. For example, certain acid blockers work by inhibiting the gastric proton pump. This reduces symptoms of heartburn caused by excess stomach acid production, but it also interferes with the body's ability to metabolize nutrients like calcium. It's no coincidence that long term use of these medications has been linked to increased risk for bone fractures.

It is estimated that millions of Americans are affected by nutrient depletions caused by their medications. Fortunately, it is possible to benefit from your prescription therapy while also reducing the impact of unwanted depletions through supplementation. The chart below shows some of the most common medications and which supplements can help offset their possible depletions.


Drug ClassExamplesNutrient DepletionsPossible SymptomsOther ContraindicationsRecommended Supplement
StatinsLipitor, Zocor, BaycolOne study showed that Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) levels fell by 50% after 30 days in patients taking statins. Supplementation has been shown to reduce the severity of muscle pain that can develop as a side effect of statin use.High blood pressure, fatigue, muscle weakness, gingivitis, heart problemsRed yeast rice contains the naturally occurring active ingredient in statins, and should not be used with these medications. Grapefruit juice and pomegranate juice should also be avoided.For those who are taking statins, we recommend supplementing with Pharmaca brand CoQ10 100 mg.
Oral ContraceptivesOrtho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, AlesseBirth control pills cause a range of nutrient depletions, including folic acid, magnesium, vitamins B2, B3, B6, B12, C and zinc. With long-term use, many women do not recognize that their health conditions may be associated with their oral contraceptive.Anemia, headache, depression, nausea, problems with hair or skinWomen taking these medications should avoid smoking, especially if they are over age 35.New Chapter's Every Woman's One Daily contains 100% of the recommended daily intake of B vitamins, including folic acid, as well as probiotics and superfoods.
NSAIDsIbuprofen (Advil or Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve or Anaprox)Both folic acid and iron can be depleted by sustained use of NSAIDs. Supplementation can help return levels to a normal range.Anemia, diarrhea, insomniaWhite willow has similar anti-inflammatory properties to aspirin, so should not be taken concurrently. It is also not recommended that anyone taking lithium use NSAIDs since these mediations cause higher blood levels of that mineral.Try Pharmaca brand Folic Acid, one of our best-sellers, and Floradix Iron by Flora to support your system during times of sustained NSAID use.
AntibioticsAmoxicillin, Cephalexin, PenicillinHealthy bacteria like Lactobacillus, Saccharomyces and Bifidobacterium are also killed off with antibiotic therapy. Taking a probiotic with these strains 1-2 hours after an antibiotic can help prevent common side effects like diarrhea and yeast infections.Diarrhea, upset stomach, yeast overgrowth, immune problemsBecause so many different classes of antibiotics exist, be sure to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about potential interactions.Our practitioners often recommend Pharmax HiPotency Probiotics as well as Jarrow's Jarro-Dophilus when undergoing antibiotic treatment.
Acid BlockersAciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, PrilosecAcid blockers work to disrupt stomach acid production, but this means they also prevent the normal absorption of nutrients like vitamin B12, folic acid and calcium.Fatigue, confusion, memory loss, dermatitis, depressionAspirin or other NSAIDs can cause stomach ulcers, and are not recommended while using prescription acid blockers.We often suggest Pharmaca's Hi Potency Multivitamin for its therapeutic levels of nutrients, including those depleted by acid blockers.
EstrogensEstradiol, Premarin, Vivelle, VagifemIronically, most women begin taking estrogens later in life, but hormone replacement therapy can deplete nutrients that promote healthy aging, like vitamin B6, magnesium and folic acid.Depression, sleep disturbance, heart problems, fatigue, headache, increased risk of blood clots and osteoporosisWomen who are taking estrogens should avoid grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice and quercetin due to its estrogenic activity.A supplement like Rainbow Light Women's One Multivitamin provides the full range of nutrients that can be lost while undergoing estrogen therapy.


Because some supplements can inhibit the effectiveness of prescription therapy, Pharmaca always recommends discussing your prescriptions with both your doctor and your pharmacist so you can be sure that you are getting the best results possible.

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