Scientific article

Effects of widely used drugs on micronutrients: A story rarely told

Published inNutrition, vol. 29, no. 4, p. 605-610
Publication date2013

Vitamins and trace elements are essential to the body, however, deficiencies are frequently observed in the general population. Diet is mostly responsible for these deficiencies but drugs also may play a significant role by influencing their metabolism. These effects are rarely assessed in clinical practice, in part because of limited data available in the literature. Drug-induced micronutrient depletions, however, may be the origin of otherwise unexplained symptoms that might sometimes influence medication compliance. We present various examples of widely prescribed drugs that can precipitate micronutrient deficiencies. This review aims at sensitizing physicians on drug–micronutrient interactions. Highrisk population groups also are presented and supplementation protocols are suggested.

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SAMARAS, Dimitrios et al. Effects of widely used drugs on micronutrients: A story rarely told. In: Nutrition, 2013, vol. 29, n° 4, p. 605–610. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2012.11.011
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