7 Common Drug Types and Associated Nutrient Depletions


A great way to start using dietary supplements in practice is to prevent and correct nutrient depletions that occur from the use of common medications. Some of these depletions can even be the root cause of side effects that are associated with the drug classes. Address them early, and patients will have fewer negative outcomes associated with their prescriptions!

The following are some common nutrient depletions associated with common medications:

Antibiotics – General

  • B Vitamins
    • Vitamin B1
    • Vitamin B2
    • Vitamin B5
    • Vitamin B6
    • Vitamin B12

Antibiotics – Cephalosporins

  • Vitamin K

Bile Acid Sequestrants – General

  • Fat Soluble Vitamins
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin D
    • Vitamin E
    • Vitamin K

Diabetes Drugs – Metformin

  • Vitamin B12

Gastric Acid Reducers

  • Vitamins
    • Vitamin B9
    • Vitamin B12
    • Vitamin C
    • Beta Carotene (Pro-Vitamin A)
  • Minerals
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Zinc
    • Iron
    • Chromium

Hypertension Medications

  • Vitamins
    • Vitamin B1
    • Vitamin B6
    • Vitamin B9
    • Vitamin C
  • Minerals
    • Magnesium
    • Calcium
    • Potassium

Hypercholesterolemia Medications

  • Coenzyme Q10

If you’re interested in learning more about these common nutrient depletions, this information was sourced from an article by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

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