How Prescription Drugs Deplete Nutrients and What You Can Do About It

Monday, 17 June 2024

You’re not truly middle-aged until you randomly start suffering from acid reflux or indigestion. Acid reflux is that uncomfortable burning sensation that makes you regret that last meal or drink. If you’re like me and one of the millions around the world who take Omeprazole, you might want to sit down for this. Omeprazole works brilliantly for acid reflux, as it blocks a key component of producing acid in your stomach - block this, and it blocks acid - fixing the reflux. But by altering your stomachs environment, it also sneakily depletes your body of essential nutrients. But don’t worry - there’s a simple way to counteract this side effect and keep your health in check.

Why You Should Care About Nutrient Depletion

Your body needs nutrients to function properly. They’re the building blocks of life, giving you energy, helping you grow and repair tissues, and regulating chemical processes. When these nutrients are depleted, even at a subclinical level, you may notice the difference. For instance, Omeprazole can reduce the absorption of vitamin B12, magnesium, and calcium. Long-term, this can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, and even serious conditions like osteoporosis and anemia.
There is an easy solution to this - taking a daily multivitamin. A multivitamin can help you fill the nutritional gaps that medications like Omeprazole create. It’s a simple, proactive approach to ensure your body gets the essential nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

How to Best Spend Your Health Dollars

When looking at where to spend your dollars in a pharmacy, let me explain a key difference between medicines and supplements. Medicines are standardised - meaning a Paracetamol 500mg tablet is a Paracetamol 500mg tablet no matter who makes it. A drug company that makes Paracetamol gets vigorously tested to ensure what they say is on the label is in the tablet. The key message? Don’t buy Panadol brand, buy generic Paracetamol - it’s the same thing. Ninety-nine percent of you won’t notice any difference.

Supplements are quite different. They are not as vigorously controlled and tested, and there are key differences in how they are made, what they contain, and what gets absorbed, it’s a bit of a wild, wild west out there in supplement land.
That’s why we have teamed up with the team at Solgar to recommend the perfect multivitamin if you’re taking Omeprazole (or other medicines in the same class like Pantoprazole or Lansoprazole). Solgar V2000 is a quality multivitamin that contains the key nutrients that are not absorbed optimally. If you want to try this product, we have a fantastic introductory deal - a month’s supply usually retails for $32.90, but while stocks last, we have them at a fantastic $19.90.
And the most important bit? Actually take the multivitamin. Don’t let it sit on the shelf. Take it regularly and consistently until it’s finished. Then come back, and we can discuss how it went for you. I’d love to hear how it worked for you. By incorporating a multivitamin into your daily routine, you can counteract the nutrient depletion caused by your medication and keep your body running smoothly.
As always if you have any questions - please dont hesitate to reach out to us - we are always here to help

Andrew and the team at the Roslyn Pharmacy