While medications may not be your first choice, we’ve learned through my video, Are Prescription Medications Right for Your Autistic Child? that the right medications at the right time can improve your child’s quality of life.
However, prescription medications can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Use the information I provide here to make an informed decision about what supplements you might need to offset any nutrient deficiencies caused by prescription medications.
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Many prescription medications can lead to a deficiency in things like CoQ10, zinc, carnitine, and inositol. These are things that are important to our kid’s overall health and things you may choose to supplement if your child is taking one of these medications.
Additionally, Tylenol, acetaminophen, APAP, and paracetamol (common painkillers and fever-reducing medications) cause a glutathione deficiency. Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants and detoxifiers in the body. Knowing this can help you weigh the pros and cons of using something like Tylenol to treat your child’s pain. It may be worth it, or it may be worth investigating other options like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
Click here to download my chart of Common Medications and Associated Nutrient Deficiencies
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