Inform Your Healthcare Professional About Every Medication You Are Taking, Including Herbal Remedies, To Minimize the Risk of Serious Drug Interactions

Whether you have been prescribed medication from your doctor, taking over the counter drugs or herbal remedies that are considered “all natural,” there are risks associated with all medications. There are even greater risks when taking multiple medications concurrently, as drug interactions can sometimes be fatal.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) reports that approximately 25% of U.S. adults claim to be taking prescription medication at the same time as herbal remedies which are classified as dietary supplements. According to AAFP, some of these supplements, such as St. John’s wort and goldenseal are known to cause significant drug interactions when taken with certain prescription drugs. Hence, it is especially important to disclose all medications and supplements including herbal remedies when consulting your healthcare professional.

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