Some supplements shouldn’t be mixed

You can’t get too much of a good thing? Turns out that statement is not always true when it comes to supplementation. Problems with supplements can occur when someone decides to take more than the prescribed or recommended dose. Additionally, there are cases when supplements shouldn’t be mixed with prescription medication.

For example, taking a calcium supplement within a few hours of medication that treats hypothyroidism or osteoporosis may cause unhealthy results. The mineral can interfere with the intended purpose of the medication, rendering it ineffective against the medical condition it treats. Other bad supplement combos include, melatonin and sedatives, echinacea and steroids, St. John’s wort and antidepressants, and more.

Even the best supplements that are most commonly recommended, like vitamin D, have potential for interaction. This is why it’s important to make sure your doctor has an up-to-date list of both the medications and the supplements that you’re taking.

What’s in your house?

It can seem like your doctor is asking for the exact same information every time you visit. But, rest assured, there’s a good reason. Your health changes over time and may require your physician to add a prescription medication to your daily routine.

Perhaps you develop a medical condition whereby it’s necessary for you to take blood thinners. Your doctor will ask you to refresh the list of any supplements you’re currently taking to make sure it doesn’t include any that shouldn’t be mixed together with the anticoagulant medication such as fish oil.

It’s always a good idea to set aside a few minutes prior to any medical appointment to make a list of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements you’re taking. That way, should your doctor have reason to give you a new script, you’re armed with the information needed to prevent you from taking any bad supplement combinations.

What your doctor recommends

Even if the two seem unrelated in terms of what condition they treat, like melatonin and anticoagulant medications, there can be unintended consequences. In the case of the two above, melatonin supplements can interact with the prescribed medication, resulting in bleeding or bruising.

Educate yourself on the recommended daily requirements of all the nutrients that are necessary for good health, and talk to your doctor about healthy supplements that can help you to feel your best. When diet alone falls short, look into adding organic, vegan supplements, such as those offered by Vibrant Nutraceuticals, to your daily routine. And always let your doctor know when you’ve added something new.