Mixing Meds & Supplements Warning
When you take prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, do you take also a vitamin, mineral, or other dietary supplements? This could be dangerous, says Robert Mozersky, a medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication, and other dietary supplements may decrease it,” he says. Certain dietary supplements can change absorption, metabolism, or excretion of a medication and therefore affect its potency. “You may be getting either too much or too little of a medication you need,” Mozersky warns. Read this Consumer Update to learn more: www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm420349.htm
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