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Brain Drain Medications- Drugs that Drain the B12 out of you

 

 

You might not realize this, but your prescription medications could be giving you vitamin B12 deficiency; certain drugs drain B12 from your system and prevent you from absorbing vitamin B12- cobalamin- naturally from food sources.  If you currently take any of the following medications, then you could be at risk for severe neurological damage.

BRAIN DRAIN MEDICATIONS- DRUGS THAT DRAIN THE B12 OUT OF YOU,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Who is at risk for getting vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that occurs naturally in most animal protein sources; beef, chicken, turkey, fish, shellfish, mussels, eggs, milk, cheese, and yogurt are all rich in this essential B vitamin.  Unless you follow a vegan diet, you probably ingest sufficient amounts of B12.

However, there are certain conditions, demographics, and lifestyle choices that can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12, regardless of how many hamburgers you eat.  They are:

  • Being among the elderly
  • Suffering from gastrointestinal disease, such as Celiac, Crohn’s, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Submitting to bariatric surgery
  • Lacking the ability to produce intrinsic factor, a hormone that aids in vitamin B12 absorption
  • Suffering from fibromyalgia, or other autoimmune diseases

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Here’s Your Brain on B12 Deficiency- Memory Loss and Aging

Which medications deplete vitamin B12 levels?

Certain medications may prevent your body from digesting vitamin B12- heartburn drugs, for example.  If you experience symptoms such as chronic fatigue, memory loss, depression, brain fog, tingling or prickly sensations in your hands and feet, or altered sense of taste, you might have depleted your stores of vitamin B12.  The only way to be certain is to get your vitamin B12 levels checked with a blood screening.

BRAIN DRAIN MEDICATIONS- DRUGS THAT DRAIN THE B12 OUT OF YOU,WWW.B12PATCH.COM

The following prescription drugs drain vitamin B12:

Anti-inflammatory medications

  • Beclomethasone
  • Budesonide
  • Dexamethasone
  • Fluticasone
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Mometasone Furoate
  • Prednisone
  • Triamcinolone

Antibiotic medications

  • Aminoglycosides
  • Cephalosporin
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Macrolides
  • Penicillin Derivatives
  • Quinolones
  • Sulfa drugs
  • Tetracycline Derivatives

Anticonvulsant medications

  • Phenobarbital

BRAIN DRAIN MEDICATIONS- DRUGS THAT DRAIN THE B12 OUT OF YOU,WWW.B12PATCH.COMBirth control medications

  • Ethinyl Estradiol and Desogestrel
  • Ethinyl Estradiol and Levonorgestrel
  • Ethinyl Estradiol and Norethindrone
  • Ethinyl Estradiol and Norgestimate

Cholesterol lowering medications

  • Cholestyramine
  • Colestipol

Diabetes medications

  • Metformin

Gout medications

  • Colchicine

Heart medications

  • Potassium Chloride

Proton pump inhibitors- heartburn drugs

  • Lansoprazole
  • Omeprazole

Ulcer medications

  • Cimetidine
  • Famotidine
  • Nizatidine
  • Ranitidine Bismuth Citrate
  • Ranitidine Hydrochloride

Read more about preventing vitamin B12 deficiency:

Low B12 means Low Thyroid- Hypothyroidism and B12 Deficiency

Sources:

Drugs that Deplete: Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin B12

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