WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Medications NOT Safe for Mito

I have provided some links and I strongly recommend you review the lists and review what medications you or your child are taking.

One that repeats again and again is acetaminophen(Tylenol)- NOT good for Mito patients. (first list also mentions; aspirin and naproxen)

Another group of meds mentioned repeatedly were a variety of Antibiotics.

Of interest many Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiety medications were mentioned.

Most know that some seizure medications, some anesthetics(lidocaine included), Cholesterol medications, even cancer medications are more risky for Mitochondrial Disease patients.

So what is in your medication chest? Do you know which ones are especially dangerous to you or your child?

Currently testing for Mitochondrial safety is NOT required. There are many lists of medications out there that are not complete. On a positive the lists of medications responsible for mitochondrial dysfunction are growing by the day which having access to them will hopefully help Mitochondrial Disease patients protect their mitochondria when they chose to be informed.

Today, we seem to turn a blind eye to the fact that medications have side effects and sometimes the side effects outweigh the benefits. We are a "quick fix" society. Drs. learn about medications from the representatives of the companies that sell the medications more often then not, which isn't exactly reassuring. The vast majority of Drs. are not familiar with Mito(many don't "believe" it is real) let alone which medications are dangerous to the population.

As a patient you need to do your own research. Minimize your risks in partnership with your Drs, don't depend on them to know the risks.

Another day I will post the scary long list of chemicals/environmental pollution(in your food!!!!) that are dangerous to our Mitochondria,a truly scary long list.

Medication-Induced Mitochondrial Damage and Disease.neustadt-Pieczenik

Drug Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction(book)

Via MitoAction- Drugs with KNOWN Mitochondrial Toxicity


DannyJ said...

Were you aware that salicylates -- which are in many, many foods -- inhibit the krebs cycle (in the mitochondria)?

I'm not sure if this link will show up, but if not, then google "salicylates" and "a-ketoglutarate" and you'll turn up several studies and links. Here's one:




"It is shown that inhibition in succinate dehydrogenase and α-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase by salicylate contributes substantially to the cumulative inhibition of the Krebs cycle by salicylates. "

Your daughter's mito problems may improve if you cut way back on foods with higher (or even moderate) salicylate content.

Diane said...

Thank you for suggesting that! Right when we started eliminating because she reacts badly to NSAIDS we kept a close eye on salicylates. We did remove almost all and no change at all. It appears her reaction to NAIDS is isolated. Thank you for sharing that link though, it is a great one!

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