Ulcer/Antacid Medications: Nutrient Depletion Checklist

Nutrient Depletion Checklist:

Ulcer/Antacid Medications

         From the September 1999 Issue of Nutrition Science News

Drug Depletions Potential Depletion Problems

H-2 receptor
calcium heart/blood pressure irregularities, osteoporosis, tooth decay
  folic acid anemia, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, cervical dysplasia
  iron anemia, brittle nails, fatigue, hair loss, weakness
  vitamin B12 anemia, increased cardiovascular disease risk, tiredness, weakness
  vitamin D hearing loss, muscle weakness, osteoporosis
  zinc loss of sense of smell and taste, lowered immunity, slow wound healing

*H-2 receptor antagonists are popularly prescribed and available over the counter for treatment of or relief from duodenal ulcers, benign gastric ulcers, gastric hypersecretory states, acid reflux disorder, gastritis, meal-induced heartburn, acid indigestion and sour stomach. Brand names include Axid, Pepcid, Tagamet, Tritec and Zantac. The scientific basis for this information is from published studies using these drugs or drugs from the same pharmacologic class.

Advise customers to ask their doctor or pharmacist if any of their medications can cause nutrient depletions.

Reprinted with permission from Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook (Lexi-Comp, 1999) by Ross Pelton, Ph.D., C.N.; James B. LaValle, N.D., C.N., D.H.M.; Ernest B. Hawkins; and Daniel L. Krinsky.

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