Keeping it simple today. Wellness 102 what pills are you popping? One of the biggest problems people experience is not knowing what they are taking. Do you know what all of your prescriptions medicines are for? What about any supplements that you take? Are you sure that the combination of the two (prescription and supplements) compliment each other?
1. You should take all of your medicines to your doctor visits. Be sure their list is completely accurate, including your over the counter supplements. When your provider prescribes a new medicine for you, even an antibiotic he/she needs to know what you are already taking so there is no negative interaction between the new medicine and your current meds.
2. Carry an accurate list with you in your wallet/purse at all times. Then if an emergency happens the medical personnel will be better equipped to help you, even if you cannot speak to them. They will look for a med list.
3. Take your medicines and supplements to your local trusted pharmacist or natural food store where you purchase your supplements. Ask them to review them and let you know if they see any problems, redundancy or have suggestions for a better combination.
4. Research the brand of supplements you are using. Always make sure they are the purest form you can afford. There are fillers in supplements which are usually used to make them into a palatable form. Sugar is really not necessary in a supplement, at least not much of it.
5. Every medicine can have side effects. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them but you do need to be aware they exist. If you experience side effects, call your doctors office and ask them what to do next. More than likely they will tell you to take a smaller dose for a few days and see if that is better or will change your medicine.
What other questions might you have about your medicines and supplements?