1. Inform your doctor if you are taking a health supplement: you may be taking other medication that interacts with specific supplements. For example, St John’s Wort interacts with SSRIs; Vitamin A supplements are unsafe for people with IIH; pregnant women need to avoid certain supplements. By telling your doctor, they can help you to work out whether a supplement is safe for you, or not.
2.Supplements can cause side effects: many people think that because they’re sold as a health product that they only have positive benefits. This is not the case, and as with medicines, supplements can have side effects. Certain vitamins, such as Vitamin A can be quite dangerous for some people or for anyone if they take too much.
3. Supplements can cause allergic reactions: some people are allergic to certain supplements. You must check the ingredients to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients within the supplement. If in doubt, contact your doctor. If you do start to feel out of sorts, you should contact the non-emergency services (111) to check whether you could be having an allergic reaction. If it’s clear that you are having a severer reaction, then dial 999. This is very rare, but it does happen.
4. Be careful with products that claim to be ‘the latest thing’: with the exception of vitamins and minerals, there are few long-term studies into the effects of particular supplements. You should exercise caution when taking supplements because the long-term effects may not be known.
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