Are The Drugs You're Taking Depleting Vital Nutrients From Your Body?



The use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is extremely prevalent in North America and in most Western developed world. It is reported that 46% of Americans take at least one prescription drug daily. In 2005, the Minnesota Board on Aging showed that for individuals over the age of 65, 21%  took five or more prescription drugs every day; 25% took 3-4 prescription drugs per day, 36% took 1-3 prescription drugs per day, while only 18% did not take any prescription drugs on a daily basis.

Here are the most common drugs used by individuals living in developed countries along with the vitamins and minerals that they deplete from the body:

Type of Drug

Depleted Nutrients



Vitamin A, D, E, Calcium



Vitamin B1, B2, C, E, K, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc


Cholesterol - lowering drugs such as Cholestyramine, Colestripol, Questran, Colestid, Atromid-S

Vitamin A, B12, D, E, K, Beta-Carotene, Folic Acid, Iron


Colchicine - used to treat gout

Vitamin A, B12, D, Folic Acid, Iron


Prednisone and related steroid drugs

Vitamin C, D, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including Ibuprofin and aspirin (ASA)

Vitamin C,K, Folic Acid, Iron


Antacid drugs

Vitamin A, B1, B12, Folic Acid, Chromium, Iron


Oral contraceptives

Vitamin B1, B6, B12, C, Biotin, Beta-Carotene, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc


Sedatives and barbiturate drugs

Vitamin B2, B12, C, D, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid


Estrogen replacement therapy

Vitamin B1, B2, B12, C, Biotin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium


Antidepressant drugs

Vitamin B2, B6, Magnesium, Calcium, CoQ10


Amphetamine and amphetamine-containing drugs

Vitamin B1

Type of Drug

Depleted Nutrients


Levodopa, used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Vitamin B6


Anticonvulsant drugs

Vitamin D, E, Biotin, Folic Acid, Zinc


Digoxin (Digitalis)

Vitamin B1



Vitamin B1



Vitamin B1, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc


Ace-Inhibitors – used for high blood pressure



Beta-blockers – used for high blood



Statin Drugs (e.g. Lipitor) – for high cholesterol




If you, or someone you care about, is taking any of these drugs, then the appropriate action in most cases entails taking a high potency multiple vitamin that is enriched with antioxidants, a B-50 complex and 500 mg of calcium. A supplement of this nature can really help your body counter drug-induced nutrient depletion, as well as being a cornerstone of wellness care for most adults.

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