Magnesium is an important mineral for our body, which is involved in many processes. Among other things, it supports energy metabolism, muscle function and the development of bones and teeth. An adequate supply of magnesium is therefore essential. However, certain medications can impair the absorption of magnesium and thus lead to a magnesium deficiency. You can find out here which drugs these are and which interactions are possible.
Medications that can affect the absorption of magnesium
1. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)
PPIs are used to treat stomach problems and heartburn. They reduce the formation of stomach acid, which in turn can inhibit magnesium absorption.
Diuretics, also called "water pills," are used to treat high blood pressure and edema. They increase the elimination of water and electrolytes, including magnesium .
Certain antibiotics, such as tetracyclines, can inhibit magnesium absorption.
4. Iron supplements
Iron supplements are used to treat iron deficiency anemia. However, they can also impair the absorption of magnesium .
Interactions between drugs and magnesium
1. Calcium antagonists
Calcium channel blockers are used to treat high blood pressure. They can inhibit the absorption of magnesium and thus lead to a magnesium deficiency.
Digoxin is used to treat heart failure and certain abnormal heart rhythms. An increased magnesium concentration in the blood can increase the effect of digoxin and lead to undesirable effects.
Adequate magnesium intake is important for the effect of insulin in the body. A magnesium deficiency can therefore impair blood sugar control in diabetics.
An adequate supply of magnesium is vital for our body. However, certain medications can affect the absorption of magnesium , leading to a deficiency. It is therefore important to make sure that you are getting enough magnesium when taking medication and, if necessary, to speak to your doctor or pharmacist.