Common medications are able to potentially deplete the body of important nutrients.  At times, we notice that the medications prescribed can potentially cause or exacerbate a  patient’s symptoms.  Its important to recognize potential deficiencies a person may have due to their medications.  The medications  may be helping them in general, however if they are depleting your body of essential nutrients then your body may not be working as well as it should be.   Here is a list of common cardiovascular medications and the deficiencies associated with taking that drug class.  As always consult with your doctor before self-supplementing.

 

Medication Class and Purpose Medication Examples Nutrients At Risk
Cardiac Glycosides

Digoxin Calcium

Magnesium

Thiamine

Phospate

Beta Blockers

  • Used for high blood pressure, arrhythmias, anxiety, migraines
Propanolol

Atenolol

Metoprolol

CoQ10

Melatonin

Thiazide Diuretics

  • Used for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

Methylchlorothiazide

CoQ10

Magnesium

Potassium

Sodium

Phosphate

Zinc

Loop Diuretics

  • Use for high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney disease, liver disease
Furosemide (Lasix) Calcium

Magnesium

Potassium

Vitamin B6

Zinc

Sodium

Thiamine

Vitamin C

Potassium Sparing

  • Used for high blood pressure, edema
Spironolactone

Triampterine

Amiloride

Calcium

Folate (B9)

Zinc

ACE Inhibitors

  • Used for high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease
Lisinopril

Enalapril

Captopril

Benazepril

Sodium

Zinc

ARB- Angiotensin receptor blocker

  • Used for high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease
Losartan (Cozaar)

Telmisartan (Micardis)

Valsartan

Zinc
HMG CoA Reductase

  • Used for high cholesterol, heart disease, vascular disease
Statins:

·         Atorvastatin (Lipitor)

·         Simvastatin (Zorcor)

·         Rosuvastatin (Crestor)

·         Pravastatin (Pravachol)

CoQ10

Omega 3 Fatty Acids and other essential fatty acids (EFA)

Selenium

Zinc

Carnitine

Copper

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Non-Sulfonylureas

  • Used to treat diabetes
Metformin (Glucophage) Folate

B12

CoQ10

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