Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Just because it is "Natural" it doesn't necessarily mean it is safe!!!

Be wise with complementary medicines: interactions and side effects can happen

"....It is important to understand that certain complementary medicines may interact with prescription medicines. For example, St John's wort is often used to alleviate depression, but can interact with several commonly used prescription medicines by making them less effective or by increasing their side effects. These prescription medicines include antidepressants, the oral contraceptive pill, digoxin, blood-thinning medicines, some cholesterol-lowering medicines,epilepsy medicines, HIV medicines, pain medicines, chemotherapy medicines and medicines used to prevent rejection after an organ transplant.....It's also really important to include your complementary medicines on your Medicines List so you have a record at hand. ...."



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