ACID-SUPPRESSING DRUGS and ANTACIDS Back

Medications

Aciphex, Axid, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid and others

Description

It is believed that lower gastric acid production decreases the absorption of certain nutrients.

  1. H2 antagonists block histamine (H2) receptors on gastric mucosal cells and decrease the production and secretion of acid,
  2. Proton-Pump Inhibitors block the acid transporter pump on the luminal surface preventing acid from entering the gastric lumen,
  3. Antacids directly neutralize existing acid in the stomach.
Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions
  • Folic acid
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
Symptoms of Depletion

Folic Acid

  • Megaloblastic anemia
  • Birth defects
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Elevated homocysteine
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Increased infections

Magnesium

  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • GI disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure

Vitamin D

  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased immunity

Calcium

  • Muscle cramps
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Brittle and soft bones
  • Insomnia
  • Leg and back pain

Iron

  • Anemia
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle nails
  • Frequent infections

Zinc

  • Acne
  • Impaired sense of smell and taste
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Decreased immunity
  • Frequent infections
  • Depression
  • Night blindness
  • Problems with hair, skin and nails

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTATION:

Alpha Base Multivitamin
Additional Supplementation

Folic Acid

Dietary Supplements that have Potential for Interactions with Drug (or Drug Class)**

Goldenseal and Ginger: These supplements may increase stomach acid and thus might interfere with antacids, H2 antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors. Green Tea: Tagamet (cimetidine) can inhibit the metabolism of caffeine in green tea and significantly reduce its clearance.

*Suggested supplements that may support overall health and are not at all intended to replace any prescription medications.

**These supplements listed may have the potential to interact with the drug or drug class. Use caution or avoid these supplements unless approved by your physician or preferred health care provider.