chapter  9
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Pathological Changes Associated with Drug-Induced Malnutrition

WithDaphne A. Roe

Drug-induced malnutrition results from the intake of drugs that reduce the absorption, impair the utilization, or promote the excretion of nutrients to an extent that nutrient loss exceeds nutrient gain. The malnutrition associated with drug intake may be multifactorial, either because two or more drugs are absorbed having additive or synergistic effects, or because concurrent inadequacies of diet or disease contribute to nutrient depletion. Drug-induced malnutrition may also be complex in the sense that the drug has adverse effects on more than one nutrient.