CoQ10 is a supplement every pharmacy should keep in stock. Recommended for patients on medications such as beta blockers, statins and metformin, this nutrient is especially helpful for patients experiencing muscle pain/weakness, fatigue, and forgetfulness. According to some of our most trusted pharmacists CoQ10 is also a best seller! 

Patients with low levels of Magnesium often show symptoms of fatigue, weakness and muscle cramps. Magnesium depletion is caused by many things including various diseases, health conditions, medications, and overall malnutrition. Some examples of medications these patients could be taking are proton pump inhibitors, digoxin, corticosteroids, estrogen, Fosamax/alendronate, and tacrolimus. 

Proton pump inhibitors, loop diuretics, thyroid medication and anticonvulsants are some common categories of drugs known to deplete calcium. This can lead to weak bones that are prone to fractures. Calcium is a great addition to the medicine cabinet for patients with this symptom. 

Consult your patients with sleep disturbances about Melatonin, a tried and true sleep aid. Studies indicate that medications such as beta blockers decrease melatonin release so target these patients to help them get a good night's sleep. 

Folic Acid
Patients who are currently filling for medications like methotrexate or metformin could benefit from a recommendation for folic acid. Known to help treat side effects of anemia, weakness and fatigue, and stomach and liver problems, let these patients know you have a supplement for them. 

Vitamin B12
Proton pump inhibitors and metformin are just a few medications known to deplete Vitamin B12 in the human body. Suggest that your patients experiencing negative side effects such as fatigue, forgetfulness, and lightheadedness start taking OTC B12 to get their levels back up to normal. 

Zinc is one of the most important nutrients. It helps humans with growth, immunity, reproductive function, neurobehavioral development, and even proper sense of taste and smell! Thiazide diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and ARBs commonly deplete Zinc. Other side effects of Zinc depletion include decreased immunity to illness, slow healing wounds, and loss of appetite. 

Vitamin D
Many people are Vitamin D deficient but your patients taking medications like proton pump inhibitors, carbamazepine, and phenytoin might be at higher risk. Talk to these patients about how vitamin D can improve bone pain and tenderness, muscle weakness, fatigue, and mood issues. 

We all have bacteria inside and outside of our bodies. When patients take antibiotics, the antibiotics kill both the good and bad bacteria which can cause digestive issues, diarrhea, and yeast infections. Talk to your patients about taking probiotics along with antibiotics to prevent these issues.

Additional Tips

  • Vitamin B12 and melatonin are available in sublingual form to increase absorption

  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) supplements often include a low dose of vitamin K to improve effectiveness and help the body maintain proper calcium levels

  • Magnesium in the forms of magnesium glycinate, magnesium bisglycinate chelate, and magnesium malate are more gentle on the stomach than other common forms of magnesium

What's Next? 

For more information on each of these supplements check out this helpful resource

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