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Can medications affect my body's absorption of nutrients?

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Internal Medicine
Some medications can interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients or speed their excretion from the body. You're more likely to suffer from nutrient depletion and worrisome interactions if you take several medications, regularly drink alcohol, eat poorly, or have health problems that increase your need for certain nutrients. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist and a nutritionist to seek alternative medications or foods so you can absorb the nutrients you need.

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