It is common knowledge that responsible use of prescription medications has, and will continue, to save lives every day. Along-side the benefits of drug therapy, there exists the potential for side-effects commonly due to the drug itself. Side-effects may also arise as a result of one or more nutrient depletions, as a consequence of taking a particular prescription drug or over-the counter medication for a long period of time. Unfortunately, patients can be unaware of the potential nutrients deficiencies that may arise as a result of their prescription medications and the possible impact this can have on creating additional health issues.
After completing this session, the pharmacist should be able to:
- Identify potential medications (cardiovascular, anti-diabetics, antibiotics, gastric acid reducing, corticosteroids, and NSAIDS) that may cause nutrient depletions.
- Understand the mechanisms through which drug-induced nutrient deficiencies may arise.
- Recognize the signs & symptoms of nutrient deficiency.
- Discuss drug-induced nutrient counseling for health enhancement.
Author Dr. Rishma Walji, ND, RAc, PhD
Duration 65 minutes