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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.

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