Alternative Medications

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Herbal medications have a long history of use and claimed health benefits. However, some herbs can cause health problems for users. Dr. Edward Hill explains how you can more safely use these supplements in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Remember that the term natural does not necessarily mean safe. To stay safe, always tell your doctor, pharmacist or other health care provider about the products you are taking, including:

Herbal remedies,

Non-prescription medicines, and

Prescription drugs.

This is especially important if you are taking blood-thinning drugs, have cancer or other life-threatening conditions. Bring a list of everything you are taking to your doctors appointment.

If you are taking prescription medication, do not take an herbal remedy or dietary supplement for the same condition without telling your doctor.

Choose products with labels that provide:

Dosing advice,

A lot number or expiration date, and

Manufacturers name, address and telephone number.

Herbal remedies should not be taken:

By children without a physicians approval,

By pregnant women or nursing mothers,

With alcohol, or

As a substitute for a prescribed medication.

Ask your physician or a pharmacist if you have any questions.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.