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Will It Interfere with the Other Things I’m Taking?  

by Chris Daino

One of the most frequently asked questions about supplements is whether or not it will interfere with the medications that a person is currently taking.

Supplements usually mean that it will supplement your diet so that you have all of the body’s requirements to survive.  

There are forty nutrients that cannot be made in the body. They are essential fatty acids, 15 vitamins, 14 minerals, and 10 amino acids.  The body needs all of them.   If you are not getting them from the food you eat, you can supplement with these nutritional supplements.

This definition of supplement is really food and thus will usually not interfere with any drug.  

However, supplements come in all forms and all combinations.

You can find vitamins and herbs together. This may be because besides treating a deficiency there are things the body will need to get well.  This is usually considered a medical food.

Herbs unlike vitamins are not essential to the body and are used for their natural healing ability.  It is something that will force your body to do something it normally wouldn’t do, much like a drug does.

Of course, herbs are made in nature and not in a laboratory so not harmful.  But, can you take it with your medications?

There is an easy answer to this, and can be done no matter what supplement you want to take.

If you are unsure, see your pharmacist. Pharmacists have a database that is designed to do just that – check to see if different drugs can be taken together safely.   This is necessitated by the fact that people can have more than one doctor, and more than one doctor prescribing them more than one drug.  Many people are on multiple medications.  

This database can also be used to check to see if any type of supplement, herb or drug can be taken together.

It can bring peace of mind.

 

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