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I would like to do a total cleanse and water fast for up to

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I would like to do a total cleanse and water fast for up to 7 days, just one week. My question is, I am currently taking several medications and vitamins. Will I be able to water fast while on these medications and vitamins? I've listed them below.

Medications
Citalopram - 40 mg
Alprazolam - 0.75 mg
Metoprolol - 50 mg
Clindamycin - 300 mg

Vitamins
Calcium - 1200 mg
D3 - 1000 mg
Zinc - 50 mg
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DocNid replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
I went through your post.
Cleansing do affect the absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Cleansing and water fasting for even 7 days can result in nutritional deficiency.
Cleansing can affect the absorption of medications also.

Let me know if I can assist you further.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.

So are you saying that the medications and vitamins won't be absorbed properly if I decide to undergo a water fast? Your answer is very incomplete. Please elaborate.

Expert:  DocNid replied 10 months ago.
Hi Leah,
I am sorry you found my answer incomplete.
I would like to tell you that this conversation is open till you get all your doubts clarified.
You can rate this service at the end of it.

You have mentioned both cleansing and water fasting.
Cleansing affects the absorption of medications and vitamins.
But water fasting alone without other forms of cleansing like a colon cleanse will not affect the absorption.

So if you are planning for just water fasting alone without other means of cleansing like colon cleasing, then there is no need to worry about the absorption of medications.
In water fasting, you are on just water alone and you are planning for 7 days.
During these 7 days you will be no nutrients. So if you have adequate nutritional reserve, you may not suffer any deficiency due to water fasting. But on the other hand if you already have nutritional deficiency, water fasting may worsen it.

Let me know if I can assist you further
Customer: replied 10 months ago.


I do not have a nutritional deficiency. I was just unsure if I could take my vitamins and medications while on a water fast. I was most concerned about my medications, if ceasing to eat would affect how they absorb into my body, etc.

Expert:  DocNid replied 10 months ago.
Yes, you can take your vitamins and medications while on water fast.

As mentioned earlier, water fasting alone does not affect their absorption.

I hope that is the answer you wanted.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

Kindly leave a positive rating.
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