Cardiovascular medications - ACE inhibitors
The use of captopril, fosinopril, or ramipril may cause depletion of sodium. Trandolapril may deplete sodium and calcium.
Calcium, along with vitamin D, keeps your bones strong and healthy.
Low levels of calcium may cause:
- Muscle cramps
- Numbness or tingling in toes and feet
- Irregular heartbeat
- Bone pain
- Spinal problems
Sodium deficiency is rare because it is widely available in dietary sources. When it does occur, low levels have been associated with:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Memory impairment
- Reduced attention
- Muscle cramps
- Strong, rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Lack of energy
Severe cases can cause seizures, loss of consciousness, and possibly coma. The development of symptoms depends on how fast you lose sodium.
The information presented here covers some of the nutrients that may be affected when you take certain medicines. If you have any of these signs and symptoms, it does not always mean you have low levels of these nutrients.
Factors that affect the level of nutrients are:
- Your medical history
- How long you have been taking the medicine
Please talk to 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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