fish-oil-pills-10086846It is estimated that about 72 million people in the United States are taking some kind of dietary or herbal supplements with their prescription or OTC medications. Unfortunately, it is not always safe to these medications together since there are possible interactions that might occur between them.  Some of those interactions might be very serious, for example taking warfarin and vitamin E together may increase the potential for internal bleeding or stroke. Furthermore, some populations (including children, pregnant women, patients scheduled for surgery) are more vulnerable to the negative effects of those interactions. Consulting the health care professional is the first step to be taken before making a decision to take a dietary or herbal supplement. How do you increase the awareness about potential interactions between dietary/herbal supplementsand conventional medications in your practice?

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