Drugs That Cause Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
Knowing the most important and frequent cases helps doctors and patients to prevent hypovitaminosis and mineral deficiencies, associating drug therapy with specific vitamin supplements and / or appropriate dietary corrections.
Below are the best known cause / effect relationships between the intake of certain drugs and vitamin / mineral deficiencies, remembering that it is the doctor's sole responsibility to establish whether or not to support the drug with a specific supplement of vitamins or minerals (yes remember, for example, that in some cases this practice could compromise the absorption or efficacy of the drug itself).(penicillin, cephalosporin, tetracycline, etc.): they alter and destroy the intestinal bacterial flora, including the essential strains for the synthesis of some vitamins, such as folic acid and vitamin K. In the long run they can cause bleeding syndromes due to lack of synthesis of vitamin K.