Common PCOS Medication and Related Vitamin Deficiencies
Many medications commonly prescribed for PCOS can lead to nutrient deficiencies. So, if you’re taking any of the below medications, be sure to test for these deficiencies and work with your healthcare practitioner to determine a plan to get you back to optimal levels.
- Oral Contraceptive pills: folate, magnesium, selenium, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A
- Metformin: vitamin B12, vitamin B1 (thiamine), folate
- Spironolactone: folate, calcium, potassium, vitamin B1, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc
- Additionally, many SSRI antidepressants also deplete folate
Wow. What a list! Now, let’s get to the fun part, my top 10 herbs and supplements for PCOS. Remember Cysters, if you’re currently taking prescription medication, please consult with your physician before beginning a new treatment routine.