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Should You be Mixing your Supplements with your Medication?


Posted on May 01, 2014

Many Americans think that supplements are an organic type of harmless substance that they can take any time and with anything. But that is not the case. The health community is now issuing strict warnings to the general public about mixing supplements with real medications.

Fox news reports on the importance of separating supplements from medications.

Supplements are not as simple as they seem and many people face adverse reactions after taking supplements with medicine.

Experts compiled information showing, “One in three adults in the U.S. is taking both prescription medications and dietary supplements, creating a risk for dangerous interactions, according to a new study. Multivitamins with added ingredients like herbs or fish oil were the most common form of supplement mixed with medications, researchers found,” according to Fox.

The study incorporated thousands of people and the numbers of those who experiences serious reactions after taking supplements and medication together were extremely high. Fox explains, “The researchers focused on 10,480 adults who answered survey questions about their dietary supplement and prescription medication use, as well as whether they had any of the following medical conditions: asthma, arthritis, congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cancer, weak bones or problems with the liver, thyroid or kidneys. The researchers found that 47 percent of participants diagnosed with any of those medical conditions used both supplements and prescription medications. Overall, 34 percent of the participants - representing some 72 million people in the U.S. - were taking some kind of dietary supplement along with a prescription medication.”

Most people who had serious reactions were mixing cardiovascular medications with multivitamin supplements. Experts are strictly warning against this practice.

 

 

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Gerry Oginski
NY Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Trial Lawyer