Nutrient Depletion Checklist: Corticosteroids

Nutrient Depletion Checklist:


         From the March 2000 Issue of Nutrition Science News

Drug Nutrient Depletions Potential Depletion Problems
Sulfasalazine folic acid anemia, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, cervical dysplasia
Betamethasone, Budesonide calcium heart/blood pressure irregularities, tooth decay, osteoporosis
Cortisone, Dexamethasone folic acid anemia, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, cervical dysplasia
Flunisolide, Fluticasone, Hydrocortisone magnesium asthma, cardiovascular porblems, cramps, PMS
Mometasone, Methylprednisolone potassium edema, fatigue, irregular hearbeat, muscle weakness
Prednison, Prednisolone selenium lower immunity, reduced antioxidant protection
Triamcinolone vitamin C easy bruising, lower immunity, poor wound healing
  vitamin D hearing loss, muscle weakness, osteoporosis
  zinc loss of sense of taste and smell, slow wound healing

A class of anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids are taken for a range of conditions including adrenocortical hormone replacement insufficiency; rheumatic, autoimmune, dermatologic, collagen-vascular and other inflammatory diseases; respiratory diseases including asthma; neoplastic diseases and allergic disorders.

The scientific basis for this information is from published studies using these drugs or drugs from the same pharmacological class. Advise customers to ask their doctor or pharmacist if any of their medications can cause nutrient depletions.

Reprinted with permission from Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook (Lexi-Comp, 1999) by Ross Pelton, Ph.D., C.N.; James B. LaValle, N.D., C.N., D.H.M.; Ernest B. Hawkins, and Daniel L. Krinsky.

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