Patient Handout: Mixing Supplements and Medications

A supplement is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.

In the medical world, supplements are often taken to remedy deficiencies in a person’s diet. Examples include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs. A medication is a substance used for medical treatment. Often, medications are prescribed and used for a directed period of time. Pill bottle

Taking prescription drugs and supplements together can be dangerous. Medications and supplements can interact in negative ways. Our patient handout details common supplements with potential negative effects and tips for preventing interactions.

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