We've all seen drug commercials with the same narrative: After catching a glimpse of someone holding a pill bottle living the perfect life, an announcer quickly runs through a lot of awful-sounding side effects. And while medication is often necessary and incredibly helpful in controlling the symptoms of disease, there are often consequences and side effects that patients must consider, accept, and try to overcome.
Many patients are well-educated on what to expect when taking a medication—like digestive irritation, skin reactions, or headaches—but what is rarely talked about is how medications deplete important nutritional stores. And while nutrient depletion might not seem like a big deal, especially compared to the original symptoms or other serious side effects, it still deserves our attention. Nutrient deficiencies create symptoms that lessen our quality of life and can even lead to disease or illness in the body themselves.