Questions for Your Doctor
When it comes to taking supplements wisely, your doctor is your advocate. Here are some questions to ask your health care provider:
- Are there any studies to show that this supplement works, and that it's safe?
- What side effects might it have?
- Will this supplement interact with any other drugs or other supplements I'm currently taking? Can it reduce or increase the effectiveness of any medicines?
- Will it cause excess bleeding, and if so, should I stop taking it before surgery?
- Can I take this supplement while I'm pregnant or nursing?
- Is this supplement safe for my child to take?
- Can I take it if I have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or another medical condition?
- What is the correct dosage for my age and weight?
- How soon should I start seeing effects?
- What should I do if I'm not seeing any benefits, or if I'm having side effects?
- For how long can I take this product?
- Which brand of this supplement is most reputable?
- If I do have a side effect from this supplement, where can I report it?
Take Supplements as Directed
Use common sense when taking any dietary supplement. These simple tips can help you stay on track:
- Follow the directions on the package and your doctor's instructions exactly.
- Keep a list of all supplements and other medications you're taking.
- Write down how much of each product you're taking, and at what time of day. It’s easy to forget that you’ve taken a supplement, which can lead to accidentally taking too much.
- Also write down how the supplement affects you, and whether you have any side effects.
- Share your notes with your doctor at each visit.
As with any medication, if you experience any side effects from a supplement, call your doctor right away.