Talk openly and honestly with your doctor about what you are taking. Someone needs to have the “big picture” concerning your overall health. Too many patients don’t disclose and too many doctors don’t ask. Love them or hate them, with 15 million Americans using supplements, they are here to stay- so be smart in your usage. The best practice is to be proactive and take the lead in ensuring that your health care provider is aware of all medications and herbal supplements or vitamins that you are taking.
Drug/Herbal Supplement Discussion Checklist
-Do inform your doctor regarding all medications that you are taking. For example, if you are seeing a cardiologist, make certain he knows if you are taking blood pressure medication, medication for arthritis, etc. Drugs taken for different medical conditions may also interact negatively.
-Do inform your doctor regarding all over-the-counter medications (allergy, Tylenol, cold medicine) that you are taking or take on a regular basis.
-Do inform your doctor regarding all vitamins or herbal supplements that you take.
-Do discuss potential drug and herbal supplement interactions with your doctor.
(Note: I personally recommend discussing all of the above items with your pharmacist in addition to your doctor. I’ve found pharmacists in general to be extremely aware of potential drug interactions.)
-Do inform our doctor if you make any changes to the medications, herbal supplements or vitamins that you are taking.
Until next time, here's wishing you a healthy heart.
JoAnne Allen, Herbal Remedies, Heart Drugs Don’t Mix: Review, ABCNews Health, Reuters, 01 Feb 20210, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=9720984