VITAMINS, MEDICATIONS, AND HEALTH BENEFITS
VITAMINS AND MEDICATIONS
Vitamins are an important nutritional resource, and for this reason doctors may prescribe certain vitamins specific to one’s own needs. One example of this would be the prescription of folic acid and other prenatal vitamins to pregnant and nursing mothers. In addition to this, there are some medications prescribed for certain ailments that actually deplete the levels of vitamins in the body. Doctors will prescribe vitamins in conjunction with some medications, but some vitamins actually counteract the affects of medications. That’s why it is important to avoid some vitamins when taking certain medicines. Ask a doctor about your vitamin intake when being given a new prescription.
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Possible Interactions with Medications
When taking some medications, certain vitamins should be avoided. Some medications used for treatment of acne and skin problems can interact poorly with Vitamin A. These medications increase the risk of Vitamin A toxicity and for that reason, the vitamin should not be taken. Vitamin B-6 should be avoided when taking prescription Levodopa. However, when Levodopa is taken in conjunction with Carbidopa, the concern of vitamin B-6 interactions is eliminated. For this reason, most doctors now prescribe both medications together.
Warfarin is a medication that is known to have negative side effects when taken simultaneously with vitamin E. Some studies have shown that some people taking both Warfarin and vitamin E have an increased risk of internal bleeding which can lead to serious health complications. Warfarin should also not be taken with Vitamin K, as the vitamin K can decrease the effectiveness of the Warfarin.
Phenytoin is a medication known to interact with folic acid. This is not a common problem, because most over-the-counter folic acid pills are not given in high enough doses to interact with Phenytoin. It is still important, however to check with your doctor when being prescribed Phenytoin before you takefolic acid. Because senior citizens generally take multiple medications, it is always very important to consult a doctor about what medications are safe to take.
Vitamins That Boost The effects Of Medications
Some medications have been found to be more effective when given in conjunction with certain vitamins. One example of this is Vitamin D. Medications that are prescribed to help with bone health are actually given a boost in efficiency by Vitamin D. Vitamin D is also shown to help with medications that help fight osteoporosis.
The B complex vitamins have been shown to boost the affects of medications that help with brain development and muscle and body development. Vitamin E is used in conjunction with immune system boosting medications, especially in the elderly.