Drugs, Nutrient Depletions and Supporting Your Body

Azythromycin in the not the only drug known to promote drug depletions. Magnesium deficiency seems to be a major thing for cystic fibrosis and there are other drugs that deplete magnesium. There is a link to a list of such drugs here: Magnesium and Azythromycin.

It can be surprisingly hard to find good listings on the internet of nutrient depletions due to drugs, so I've googled up a few sources to try to help you get started.

However, I'm not "vouching" for these sources and none of these is a premium (.gov, .edu), trustworthy website. (Of course, I'm not either. I'm just a former homemaker giving my two cents worth on the internet, so there's that.) Ibuprofen therapy is a common treatment for cystic fibrosis. I took ibuprofen daily for about five or six years and I also took tons of B vitamin supplements during that time.

Ibuprofen depletes folic acid, also known as B 9. I was taking it to combat inflammation.

It is well known that CF causes people to be extremely acid. I think this is a major root cause of inflammation, so I was able to eventually get off of the ibuprofen by reducing acidity.

Please note that this was done gradually over the course of several years. I did not stop taking ibuprofen cold turkey and then try to find some natural remedy.

That's a good way to end up in the Emergency Room if you have a serious medical condition. Instead, you need to start ramping up support for your body so you simply need fewer drugs. This is the sane way to reduce drug dependency.

Keep a journal. The first step in using less medication is using less "extra" medication. This tends to go unnoticed by people.

I used to participate on CF lists and I had a mom email me and tell me "I put my son on the Celtic sea salt and coconut oil you recommend. He ends up in the ER less often, but he isn't taking fewer drugs."

She meant that he still was on the same maintenance drugs. Those hadn't been reduced. But he was, in fact, taking fewer drugs because he was spending less time taking additional powerful drugs on top of his maintenance drug schedule.

So keep a journal. You need to learn to count the drugs that you normal would have taken but didn't. Those "extras" and emergency treatment drugs are the ones that will go first.

It will take a long time before your maintenance routine changes.

I also couldn't get off steroids until one friend told me I needed to taper off of them. No doctor ever told me that. And another friend recommended guaifenesin. Trying to stop steroids was putting me in crisis and landing me back in the ER.

I took guaifenesin daily for several years as well. If you are on it, you need to work at making sure you get enough salt and fluids. It needs those two things to properly thin out your mucus.

Whatever drugs you are on, look them up and look up what nutrients they interfere with. Make sure you supplement those nutrients.

Then try to resolve the underlying problem that they treat. I got off ibuprofen by finding other ways to resolve my inflammation. An alkaline diet to get the acidity under control was my primary defense against inflammation.

If you are magnesium deficient, it is an alkaline mineral. Magnesium deficiency promotes acidity which promotes inflammation.

If you are magnesium deficient, you also almost certainly need more calcium. You will also need vitamins D and K to properly absorb both magnesium and calcium.

Calcium is another alkaline mineral. Vitamins D and K are fat soluble vitamins and people with CF are typically deficient in them because we misprocess fats.

ADEKs used to be routinely prescribed for people with CF, but I think they discontinued it. It was a vitamin supplement for the four fat soluble vitamins we are typically deficient in.

Magnesium deficiency seems to be a routine thing for people with CF and it is partly due to how our bodies misprocess certain things and partly due to the many drugs we typically take. But you also likely need to address other nutrient deficiencies as well.

This post is a bit rambly, but it gives you a place to start addressing some of this. Find one thread you understand and feel confident is accurate and begin to pull at it. It eventually begins to unravel bigger knots.