General Considerations in Taking Dietary Supplements

  • Pregnant or nursing women should always consult their physicians or healthcare professionals before taking any medications or dietary supplements.
  • Consult a practitioner before taking any dietary supplements if you are elderly or take multiple prescription medications.
  • Discontinue a product if symptoms of allergy develop.
  • Take supplements with food to avoid digestive upset.
  • Do not swallow prescription medications and herbs at the same time. Allow at least 2 hours between them. Herbs are water-soluble plant fibers which may inhibit the absorption of medication.
  • Beware of faddish herbal advertisements, instant weight loss claims and guarantees of restored health.
  • Never stop taking a prescription medication suddenly or without the monitoring of a physician.
  • Do not take megadoses of vitamins, minerals or herbs without proper supervision.