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Avoiding Unsafe Supplements

April 25, 2004

Unlike drugs, supplements such as vitamins and herbs don't have to be tested and proved safe and effective before they are sold to the public. This is because supplements don't require approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition:

The following supplements may cause serious problems or drug interactions:

Many HIV+ people take supplements to get extra nutrients or help deal with HIV-related side effects. But before taking anything, talk to your doctor and an HIV-knowledgeable dietician about what supplements to take and possible side effects or interactions with your HIV drugs.

More Information

FDA: www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/ds-warn.html
The Natural Pharmacist: www.tnp.com/tnp-consumer.asp
Center for Complementary Medicine: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/
Memorial Sloan-Kettering: www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/11570.cfm

Written by PositiveWords staff writer.




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