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Vitamins & nutrients depleted by antidepressant drugs

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by Hip, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    I just came across this interesting list of vitamins and nutrients which get depleted by antidepressant drugs:

    Common Drugs Deplete Nutrients, by Daniel T. Wagner

    According to this author, TCA and SSRI antidepressant deplete the following:

    B complex vitamins
    Selenium
    Zinc
    Glutathione
    Calcium
    Magnesium
    Vitamin C

    Though the author does not quote his sources, so this info cannot be easily verified.

    Nevertheless, anyone regularly taking TCA or SSRI antidepressants in the treatment of their ME/CFS or fibromyalgia might consider supplementing with the above, to prevent deficiencies.


    TCA antidepressants can deplete vitamin B2 (riboflavin) in particular, so taking vitamin B2 with TCAs is beneficial. Ref: 1
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    arx Senior Member

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    Interesting. I was looking into anticonvulsants and what all vitamins and minerals they deplete. This understanding of depletion can be very helpful , as maybe taking the depleted nutrients would help during SSRI discontinuation & Benzo withdrawal syndrome.

    If you find something on benzos or other anticonvulsants, do share.
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    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    Very interesting as all those things Ive found helpful to one symptom or another (except the Magnesium and Zinc.. but then the Zinc is in included in one of the pills which does help me some so maybe it helps me too some). I always get terrible reactions to SSRIs.
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    arx Senior Member

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    I'm getting terrible reactions to Benzos. It's surprising because they used to help me a lot some months back. It's sad that our bodies become way too sensitive to things.

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