Coronavirus Concern: Know the Drugs that Can Rob Vitamin D

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We’ve been telling you since the pandemic began about the importance of getting plenty of vitamin D.

We’ve brought you research showing that adequate levels are linked to a lower risk of contracting coronavirus. And we told you that if you do get infected, studies show that vitamin D could reduce your risk of dying.

That’s why so many of us are making sure we have enough vitamin D by getting regular sun exposure and taking supplements.

But here’s something about vitamin D you may not know…

There’s something that could be secretly robbing your body’s supply of this crucial nutrient.

Some prescription drugs reduce vitamin D levels. They do this by increasing enzymes that inactivate the nutrient.[1]

These Drugs Reduce Vitamin D Levels

Here’s a list of medications that may lower vitamin D:[2]

Antibiotics: Rifampin (Rifadin) and isoniazid (Niazid). Vitamin D levels fall after about two weeks on the drugs.

Corticosteroids: Prednisone (Rayos) and dexamethasone (Ozurdex). Both treat inflammation from a wide range of conditions. Ironically, dexamethasone is now being used in COVID-19 patients.

Anti-estrogens: These are typically taken by breast cancer patients. They include anastrozole (Arimidex), letrozole (Femara), tamoxifen (Soltamox), and fulvestrant (Faslodex).

Anti-androgen: Cyproterone acetate (Androcur). It is typically taken by prostate cancer patients.

Seizure medications: Phentoin (Dilantin), phenobarbital (Luminal), carbamazepine (Tegretol), and oxcarbazepine (Trileptal).

Antifungals: clotrimazole (Mycelex) and ketoconazole (Xolegel). They are used to treat yeast infections or athlete’s foot.

HIV medications: Saquinavir (Invirase), atazanavir (Reyataz), etravirine (Intelence), and efavirenz (Sustiva).

If you are taking any of these drugs, you should be even more vigilant about getting enough vitamin D.

The next time you have a doctor appointment, ask them to check your level. It’s a simple blood draw. It can be done with your other blood work. Most insurance plans pay for it.

If your readings are less than 20 ng/mL, you need more vitamin D. Ideal levels are 40-60 ng/mL.[3]

To raise your level, get at least 15 minutes of sun during the middle of day with your arms and legs exposed. If you burn easily, get the sun you need in shorter five or 10-minute sessions. They should add up to 20 minutes a day.

If it’s not possible for you to get sun exposure, take a quality vitamin D supplement. We recommend 5,000 IUs a day.

Be sure to take the D3 form. It is far better absorbed by your body than D2, which is also widely sold as a supplement.

Adequate levels of vitamin D are more important than ever. Don’t let your prescription medications rob you of this crucial immune booster.

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