Are you among those billions in the population who are taking dietary supplements? If so, have you talked to your doctor that you are taking dietary supplements? And if so, does your doctor mentioned to you, at some point, regarding some important issues related to supplement use?
I am asking you these because there significant risks and highly dangerous interactions when you combine dietary supplements with prescription drugs or even the OTC (over the counter) medicines. In fact, there have been several studies already published and U.S. FDA warns about its dangers that in some situation it could lead to a life threatening reaction. So here are some few things that should be in your mind when you take or even just planning of taking dietary supplements and when you talk to your doctor about it.
- It should be clear to you why you are taking the supplement and to what purpose.
- You should know how to take the supplement in terms of dosage and or time of the day to take it.
- You should know about its potential dangers and adverse effects, if there’s any.
- You should not combine supplements with OTC and prescription medicines unless approved by your doctor.
What is alarming about dietary supplements and other related products out there is that, they are being marketed as natural products. Yet natural doesn’t mean safe because many of the health claims made by manufacturers are based on anecdotal reports or involve only small studies with no extensive clinical trials. There are even thousands of reported cases with serious adverse reactions that are linked to the use of dietary supplements and if you want to be part of the statistics then it is your choice now.
And it is the reason why it is labeled as “No Approved Therapeutic Claims”.
One thing that I learned is that, if you can’t read the ingredients or it is somehow similar to what you can find in the periodic table then you should stay away from it.
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