Anti-inflammatory medications - nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include:
- Diclofenac (Cataflam oral, Solaraze topical, Voltaren Ophthalmic, Voltaren oral, and Voltaren-XR oral)
- Diflunisal (Dolobid)
- Etodolac (Lodine and Lodine XL)
- Fenoprofen (Nalfon)
- Ibuprofen (Advil Migraine Liqui-Gels[OTC], Advil[OTC], Children's Advil Oral Suspension[OTC], Children's Motrin Oral Suspension[OTC], Genpril[OTC], Haltran[OTC], Junior Strength Motrin[OTC], Menadol[OTC], Midol IB[OTC], Motrin, Motrin IB [OTC], Motrin Migraine Pain[OTC], and Nuprin[OTC])
- Indomethacin (Indocin)
- Ketoprofen (Orudis and Oruvail)
- Meclofenamate (Meclomen)
- Nabumetone (Relafen)
- Naproxen (Aleve[OTC], Anaprox, EC Naprosyn, Naprelan, and Naprosyn)
- Oxaprozin (Daypro)
- Piroxicam (Feldene)
- Sulindac (Clinoril)
- Tolmetin (Tolectin and Tolectin DS)
Your body needs iron for red blood cells to carry oxygen to all your organs and tissues. Low levels of iron can cause anemia and weaken the immune system. Symptoms of anemia include:
- Being tired all the time
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- Irregular heartbeat
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
Low levels of folic acid have been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Birth defects
- Colon cancer
Symptoms may include fatigue, mouth sores, swollen tongue, depression, and poor growth.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Low levels of vitamin C can cause your gums to bleed and your skin to bruise easily. Other symptoms include:
- Wounds that are slow to heal
- Dry hair
- Dry and rough skin
In severe cases, vitamin C deficiency leads to scurvy, a life-threatening condition that affects muscles and bones. Scurvy is rare, however, because it is easy to get enough vitamin C in your diet.
Signs and symptoms of low levels of zinc include:
- Loss of appetite or sense of taste
- Weakened immune system
- Slow growth
- Skin changes
- Being more susceptible to infection
The selected depletions information presented here identifies some of the nutrients that may be depleted by certain medications. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms mentioned, it does not necessarily mean that you are nutrient deficient. Nutrient depletion depends upon a number of factors, including your:
- Medical history
As well as the length of time you have been taking the medication. Please consult your health care provider. They can best assess your individual health care needs and determine if you are at risk for nutrient depletions from these medications, as well as others not listed here.
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