Anti-inflammatory medications - salicylates
Depleted levels of iron may lead to anemia and weakened immune function. In the event of anemia, symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin color, and possibly irregular heartbeat.
Note: Iron loss is secondary to bleeding.Potassium
Symptoms of potassium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, drowsiness, feelings of apprehension, excessive thirst, irrational behavior, fatigue, muscle pain, and weakness (usually of the lower limbs); severe cases may lead to irregular heartbeat.Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
Low levels of folic acid have been linked to anemia, heart disease, and birth defects.Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin C deficiency may include bruising, fever, anemia, emotional changes, swollen and bleeding gums, fatigue, lethargy, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), increased susceptibility to infections, slow wound healing, and swelling of the lower limbs. Severe deficiency leads to scurvy, a disorder that affects muscles and bones and is potentially fatal. However, scurvy is rare these days because of the wide availability of vitamin C from dietary sources.
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- Arthritis Foundation Pain Reliever [OTC]
- Bayer Aspirin [OTC]
- Bayer Buffered Aspirin [OTC]
- Bayer Low Adult Strength [OTC]
- Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever [OTC]
- Ecotrin Low Adult Strength [OTC]
- Extra Strength Adprin-B[OTC]
- Extra Strength Bayer Enteric 500 Aspirin [OTC]
- Extra Strength Bayer Plus [OTC]
- Halfprin® 81[OTC]
- Regular Strength Bayer Enteric 500 Aspirin [OTC]
- St Joseph Adult Chewable Aspirin [OTC]
The selected depletions information presented here identifies some of the nutrients that may be depleted by certain medications. The signs and symptoms associated with nutrient deficiency may also indicate conditions other than nutrient deficiency. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms mentioned, it does not necessarily mean that you are nutrient deficient. Nutrient depletion depends upon a number of factors, including your medical history, diet, and lifestyle, as well as the length of time you have been taking the medication. Please consult your health care provider; he or she can best assess and address your individual health care needs and determine if you are at risk for nutrient depletions from these medications, as well as others not listed here.
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