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Are your medications causing nutrient deficiency? Published: August, 2016 health.harvard.edu
Long-term doses of certain medications may rob you of calcium, folic acid, and crucial B vitamins…

And other medications may cause deficiencies of several nutrients at a time. For example, some diuretics to lower blood pressure can deplete magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Another example: PPIs can cause low calcium and magnesium levels, as well as low B12 levels.

In addition to PPIs, statins, and diuretics, common offenders include anticonvulsants and corticosteroids, both of which may reduce levels of calcium and vitamin D; the diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage, Riomet), which may reduce levels of folic acid and vitamin B12; and the Parkinson’s drugs levodopa and carbidopa (Sinemet), which may reduce levels of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid.
Detecting the impact

You may not have obvious symptoms that a medication is robbing you of certain nutrients. That’s where your doctor’s supervision comes in. “Physicians are good about checking levels, such as potassium in people taking diuretics,” says Dr. Carr.

Still, it’s helpful to ask your doctor, in advance, if a medication you take is putting you at risk for nutrient depletion. Read the literature that comes with your prescription, and look up more about the drug on reliable websites, such as http://www.medlineplus.gov from the National Institutes of Health…

Symptoms of nutrient deficiency

If you have these symptoms …

… you may have

Muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, mood changes

Low magnesium..”
*see Medical: Is your blood pressure too “low” or “high”? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

Greed?

Find Out If Your Doctor Takes Drug Company Money – YouTube

Now You Can Find Out If YOUR Doctor Is Being Bribed by Big Pharma By Dr. Mercola February 10, 2016 articles.mercola.com
“..According to ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” website, which you can use to find out if your doctor accepts money from the drug industry, 1,630 companies have made payments to more than 681,000 doctors, totaling more than $3.5 billion.2..”

Pharma Not in Business of Health, Healing, Cures, Wellness – YouTube

Does your doctor have ties to big pharma? How you’ll be able to find out By Amanda Cochran CBS News March 4, 2014, 1:05 PM cbsnews.com
“..The practice of pharmaceutical companies working with doctors to develop new medications to treat conditions and help promote those medications has been in place for decades, but Ornstein, who is investigating this practice, said, “The promotion part has gotten a lot of attention in recent years because drug companies have paid hundreds of millions and sometimes billions of dollars to settle lawsuits that have accused them of improper marketing and giving kickbacks to doctors.”..”

Fighting skyrocketing prescription drug prices – YouTube

Who’s responsible for the opioid epidemic? Doctors or pharmaceutical companies? 2018 Sep 30 Correspondent Bill Whitaker cbsnews.com
Dr. Barry Schultz is serving 157 years in prison after he prescribed enough opioids for a prosecutor to call him one of Florida’s, “most notorious drug dealers.” In his only interview, Schultz says he’s a scapegoat

Health Insurance Explained – The YouToons Have It … – YouTube

Recalls

Two more medications recalled for cancer risk – YouTube

-High Blood Pressure Meds
*see Medical: Is your blood pressure too “low” or “high”? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

Losartan Recall and Cancer Risk

“Pharmacist Tips
Published on Jan 30, 2019
Discussion of the losartan recall and the associated cancer risk. Talk about which losartan tablets are recalled and what to do about it. Also, Is it safe to take losartan? covered.
Video starts with a basic overview of losartan potassium. They I discuss some of the recalls found on the FDA website.
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/uc…
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/uc…
Touch on the importance of continuing the medication, contacting the pharmacy to determine if you have the affected lot numbers.
Is losartan without the contaminate associated with cancer.
https://academic.oup.com/ajhp/article…

Blood pressure drug recall Sandozs losartan potassium … – YouTube

“..As part of a growing number of blood pressure drug recalls, Torrent Pharmaceuticals has expanded its recall of losartan medication over concerns it contains a carcinogen.

Torrent said six additional lots of losartan potassium and hydrochlorothiazide tablets contain trace amounts of the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), according to a notice shared Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

The India-based pharmaceutical company has already recalled 10 lots of losartan potassium tablets in the past two months, and since July, more than a dozen other recalls have been issued for common blood pressure medications.

The recalls have been linked to two overseas factories that made the drugs’ active ingredients, which the FDA has said it is investigating. The drugs have been found to contain either NDEA or N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

Various versions of valsartan, losartan and irbesartan drugs have been part of the recalls. These medications are part of a large class called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), which lower blood pressure by widening or relaxing blood vessels…”

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