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Can you take supplements without talking to a doctor?

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Supplements are sold without a prescription, but you should always check with your doctor first. Some supplements can cause side effects, or interact with other prescribed or over-the-counter medicines or supplements you're already taking. It's especially important when you're pregnant or nursing, about to have surgery, or you have a health condition such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes. Also be careful giving supplements to kids.

From: FAQs About Dietary Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "FDA 101: Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "Food Facts."

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "FDA 101: Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "Food Facts."

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

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