Drugs Leading to Vitamin B12 deficiency

October 7, 20120 Comments


Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient, so its deficiency can lead to many symptoms often attributed to disease states by doctors, rather than being attributed to the deficiency itself. The symptoms can be very serious, leading to patients being put on psychiatric medication, leading to patients developing heart attacks, angina, or shortness of breath.

It is therefore important for you, the patient to know, in order to protect your health, all of the signs and symptoms of the deficiency, and most importantly, to know which medicines can lead to its depletion from your system.

Aminoglycosides- IV antibiotics like gentamycin

Cephalosporins- antibiotic

Chlorotrianisene Tace non-steroidal synthetic estrogen for prostate cancer

Chlortetracycline- antibiotic

Cholestyramine resin Questran binds bile acids to treat high cholesterol or itching in liver failure

Cimetidine- Tagamet

Colchicine for gout

Colestipol or Colestid used to reduce cholesterol & certain fatty substances in your blood

Co-trimoxazole- antibiotic

Demeclocycline –antibiotic related to tetracycline for bacterial infections

Famotidine Pepcid for ulcers or reflux disease

Fluoroquinolones – antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, levoquin

Lansoprazole Prevacid for ulcers or reflux disease

Macrolides– antibiotic

Metformin for Diabetes

Minocycline– antibiotic

Neomycin– antibiotic

Nizatidine or Axid ulcers and reflux disease

Omeprazole Prilosec for gastro-esophageal reflux

Oral contraceptives Birth control Pills

Oxytetracycline– antibiotic

Penicillins– antibiotic

Phenytoin Dilantin for seizures

Potassium chloride given with diuretics like Lasix and HCTZ

Ranitidine Zantac for ulcers and reflux disease

Bismuth citrate used in treatment of H. Pylori, reflux disease, peptobismol

Sulfonamides – antibiotic

Tetracyclines – antibiotic

Trimethoprim – antibiotic

Zidovudine or AZT used in HIV

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