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What is drug nutrient depletion?

The body can experience reduced levels of important vitamins and minerals due to factors like genetics, poor diet, or high stress. However, studies have shown that long-term use of certain medications can also cause nutrient depletions, sometimes leading to additional symptoms.

One example of this effect occurs in many people when they take antibiotics to treat a condition. These medications often disrupt the healthy balance of bacteria in the body as they fight invading pathogenic species. Fortunately, side effects like diarrhea, yeast overgrowth and upset stomach can be avoided by supplementing with a probiotic.

Commonly prescribed drugs including birth control pills, cholesterol-lowering statins, acid blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can interfere with your body's natural ability to absorb or metabolize nutrients. It is estimated that millions of Americans are affected by nutrient depletions from these medications.

Pharmaca pharmacists and practitioners can help you prepare your body for treatment with prescription drugs. If any of your medications fall into the categories in the following chart, be sure to speak with someone at your neighborhood Pharmaca about avoiding drug-induced nutrient depletion.

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