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Posts Tagged ‘Prevacid and vitamin B12 deficiency’

Drugs That Cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Here is a list of drugs that can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency in their users.  The primary reason is that these drugs interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12.  Many people are totally unaware that these pharmaceuticals cause malabsorption of vitamin B12, and are therefore at risk for a vitamin B12 deficiency.

In general, people over age sixty have reduced levels of stomach acid.  The acid is necessary to aid in the extraction of vitamin B12 from the food we eat, such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products.

To further complicate matters, doctors often prescribe medications to treat different stomach illnesses.  These medications reduce the levels of stomach acid even further, which greatly impedes the absorption of vitamin B12.

Here are some drugs that interfere with absorption of vitamin B12:

  1. Drugs for heartburn and ulcers:  Prevacid, Prolisec, Protonix, Nexium, Zantac, Tagamet, Axid, Alternagel, Maalox, Mylanta, Riopan and Tums.
  2. Drugs for diabetes, potassium deficiency and congestive heart failure:  Glucophage, Glucovance, K-Lor, K-Lyte, Klotrix, K-Dur, Micro-K, Slow-K and potassium chloride.
  3. Drug to treat gout:  Cholchicine.
  4. Drug to treat high cholesterol:  Questran.
  5. Drug to treat infections:  Neomycin.
  6. Drug to treat tuberculosis:  Para-aminosalicylic acid.

These drugs can be highly problematic for seniors, who are prone to vitamin B12 deficiencies to begin with.  To make matters worse, many doctors don’t routinely administer blood tests to check blood plasma B12 levels.  There are many seniors who suffer from memory loss, fatigue, clumsiness, difficulty sleeping and tremors, but are not aware that these symptoms can be easily alleviated by taking vitamin B12 supplements.

If you know anyone taking the medications mentioned above, please tell him to have his blood plasma B12 levels checked.

Side Effects of Prevacid

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Prevacid, also known as Lansoprazole, has many side effects.  This medication is used to neutralize acid in the stomach.   Doctors prescribe it to treat ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), otherwise known as acid reflux.  It is also commonly administered to people undergoing chemotherapy.

The most common side effects of Prevacid are stomach pain and diarrhea.   In addition, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) has recently announced that patients who took Prevacid for a year or more are at greater risk for fractures.   But there are other side effects, as well.

Some patients taking Prevacid have reported thinning hair and hair loss.  Furthermore, they have reported decreased blood cell size as indicated by MCV values.  (MCV stands for Mean Cell Volume.)  The purpose of blood is to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the organs of the body.  A decrease in the size of the blood cells would result in fatigue, which is another side effect of Prevacid.  All of these symptoms are indications of a vitamin B12 deficiency, and can be easily remedied with vitamin B12 supplementation.

In fact, women who have complained about hair loss and fatigue benefitted greatly from taking vitamin B12, even though they were still taking Prevacid.  They have stated that their hair grew back, and that they felt more energetic.

If you are taking Prevacid, and if you are suffering from hair loss or fatigue, you can relieve these symptoms by supplementing your diet with vitamin B12.

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