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How Carbamazepine Saps Nutrients

Suzy Cohen is known for raising awareness of how medications can steal the nutrients your body needs. This, in turn, can cause both physical and mental health problems. Now she wants to bring to light the effects carbamazepine can have on the body.

Carbamazepine is a prescription drug used to treat epilepsy. Basically, it works by suppressing the nerve impulses that can cause a seizure. This is, of course, very important for epilepsy patients in order to reduce seizures and to better function day-to-day.

The medication is also useful for treating:

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Facial pain syndrome

Carbamazepine is a “drug mugger”

Cohen says that carbamazepine can sap nutrients from your body. She notes a study published in Clinical Laboratory in 2016. It shows that the drug lowers vitamin B12 and folate levels. This is important for several reasons.

For one, folate is important for growing cells and tissue development. Folate helps your body to repair strands of DNA that have become damaged. Also, folate is used by the body to create red blood cells and iron.

Also, when you lose folate, you gain homocysteine. This is not a good thing, as homocysteine contributes to heart attack risk. Additionally, this loss contributes to the condition known as “brain fog.” This makes it harder for you to think clearly and make good decisions.

Low folate is also bad for your brain. Your brain uses folate to create neurotransmitters. It also makes hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. These are important for maintaining a healthy brain and a positive mood. Without these hormones, it becomes easier to slip into a depression.

Cohen recommends that you consult with your healthcare provider if you take carbamazepine. Don’t go on your own and supplement with natural folate, as this could raise your risk for seizures.

Want to learn more about the effects of carbamazepine? Read the full article here:  How Popular Medications Wipe Out Folate and Lead to Depression.