Drug Nutrient Interactivity Questions

Q I have narcolepsy/cataplexy syndrome for which I have been taking 60 mg of dextroamphetamine daily for years. If you happen to know of any nutrients of other supplements that can help offset or delay the damage done by this drug, I would be deeply grateful. I am 78 years old.

THOMAS, Sun City, AZ

A We recommend two of Ross Pelton’s books, which we used to carry, but now can be found on the web:

The Nutritional Cost Of Drugs: A Guide To Maintaining Good Nutrition While Using Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs by Ross Pelton and James B. Lavalle (Perfect Paperback—June 7, 2004) Out of Print—Limited Availability and/or Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook by Ross Pelton, James B. LaValle, and Ernest B. Hawkins (Paperback—Mar. 2001) 10 used from $199.95 [5 out of 5 stars].

The latter is the better, but the cost may be prohibitive for many. Alternatively, you might be able to find it for less or find it in a library. The information, however, is superb. It contains several indexes, including one for drugs, and one for nutrients and the drugs that affect them. Also it contains monographs on all those nutrients, and abstracts of the research that back their conclusions. Written by pharmacists, from this work one can ascertain which nutrients are affected by which drugs, and which drugs are affected by which nutrients, and what to do about it. It is an excellent reference book. Too bad they haven’t chosen to update it.

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