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I take omeprazole (Prilosec), a proton pump inhibitor, to reduce stomach acid. Are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug?
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Answer:Omeprazole (Prilosec), Nexium, and other proton pump inhibitor drugs can be affected by taking supplements, and can affect your ability to absorb certain vitamins and minerals. St. John's wort, for example, should not be taken with these drugs.
Be sure to also read about magnesium depletion which can occur with these drugs in the Magnesium Supplements Review. And, if you take a calcium supplement, read in the Calcium Supplements Review how certain forms of calcium may be preferable if you are taking these drugs.
Also see our CL Answer about supplements for indigestion and heartburn.
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