A Quick Guide to Combining Supplements & Medications

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Sometimes, nutrition and medications just don’t mix. In fact, it’s well known that certain drugs cause nutritional deficiencies and other unwanted side effects. While you can correct imbalances by increasing your intake of certain foods, supplements can be a helpful and convenient way to maintain healthy nutrient levels (without having to overeat!).

A Quick Guide to Combining Supplements & Medications

Here are five common issues medicine-takers encounter:

If you’re taking stain medication to manage cholesterol levels, you might want to consider taking a coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplement. Numerous studies have shown that statins can deplete the body’s levels of CoQ10, which can contribute to issues such as muscle aches and pains. CoQ10 is also needed to make energy in every cell in your body, including your heart cells.*

If you’re taking antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection, consider adding a probiotics supplement to your regimen during and after your course of treatment. This will help to ensure that you maintain healthy levels of the good bacteria your body needs to stay healthy, while also helping to combat yeast issues.*

On birth control? You may want to buy a good B-complex supplement high in folate and vitamin B6. Research has shown that birth control pills can effect levels of these important B vitamins*.

Taking a common over-the-counter antacid, such as Omeprazole, may create consider the need for extra beta carotene in your diet. Studies show that people on this medication tend to have poor absorption of this nutrient.

If you are taking an antidepressant medication that affects serotonin levels, be sure to not take the amino acid L-tryptophan. L-tryptophan may increase serotonin levels, which could cause undesirable effects.*

Again, always be sure to discuss nutrition with your healthcare provider before starting any new medications.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.