Anti-inflammatory medications - salicylates
- Aspirin (Anacin[OTC], Arthritis Foundation Pain Reliever [OTC], Ascriptin[OTC], Aspergum[OTC], Asprimox[OTC], Bayer Aspirin [OTC], Bayer Buffered Aspirin [OTC], Bayer Low Adult Strength [OTC], BC Headache [OTC], Bufferin[OTC], Buffex[OTC], Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever [OTC], Easprin, Ecotrin Low Adult Strength [OTC], Ecotrin[OTC], Empirin[OTC], Excedrin [OTC], Excedrin Migraine [OTC], Extra Strength Adprin-B[OTC, Extra Strength Bayer Enteric 500 Aspirin [OTC], Extra Strength Bayer Plus [OTC], Goody's Headache Powders [OTC], Halfprin® 81[OTC], Heartline[OTC], Regular Strength Bayer Enteric 500 Aspirin [OTC], St Joseph Adult Chewable Aspirin [OTC], and ZORprin)
Your body need iron for red blood cells to carry oxygen to all your organs and tissues. Taking aspirin or other drugs like aspirin for a long time may cause stomach bleeding, which can lead to low iron levels. Low levels of iron can cause anemia and weaken your immune system. Symptoms of anemia include:
- Being tired all the time
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- Irregular heartbeat
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
Low levels of folic acid have been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Birth defects
- Colon cancer
Symptoms may include fatigue, depression, mouth sores, swollen tongue, and poor growth.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Low levels of vitamin C can cause your gums to bleed and your skin to bruise easily. Other symptoms include:
- Wounds that are slow to heal
- Dry hair
- Dry and rough skin
In severe cases, vitamin C deficiency leads to scurvy, a life-threatening condition that affects muscles and bones. Scurvy is rare, however, because it is easy to get enough vitamin C in your diet.
Signs and symptoms of low levels of zinc include:
- Loss of appetite or sense of taste
- Weakened immune system
- Slow growth
- Skin changes
- Being more vulnerable to infection
The information presented here covers some of the nutrients that may be affected when you take certain medications. If you have the signs and symptoms listed, it does not always mean you have low levels of these nutrients. Many things affect the level of nutrients, including your:
- Medical history
As well as how long you have been taking the medication. Please talk with your health care provider. They can best address your health care needs and see if you are at risk for low levels of any nutrients.
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- Last reviewed on 9/21/2014
- Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed HealthCare Network. Also reviewed by the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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