Why Should You Tell Your Doctor If You’re Taking Supplements?
Whether you’re filling out a patient questionnaire or you’re talking to your doctor about your health problems, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked about whether you take any vitamins or supplements. It’s important to be honest and thorough when answering that question, as some vitamins and supplements can interact with medications.
Some supplements can interfere with the mechanisms or actions of certain medications, while others may increase or decrease the effects that medications have on patients’ bodies. In addition, supplements may counteract or work synergistically with prescription medications, leading to ineffective treatments or severe side effects and complications.
It’s also important to remember that supplements and vitamins can be subject to recalls just like prescription and over-the-counter medications. That’s why you should always check drug recalls, especially after purchasing new supplements. Recalls aren’t always publicized, and it can take weeks, months, or even years for all recalled supplements to be pulled from supermarket or pharmacy shelves.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to help people who were injured or developed health complications after taking prescription medications, over-the-counter therapies, and even dangerous supplements. Drug and supplement manufacturers are supposed to properly test their products and make sure they’re safe for human consumption, but they don’t always fulfill their responsibilities.