Today, more than ever, dietary supplements are being sold and being consumed by patients with arthritis. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to read a dietary supplement label. This third article of a three part series discusses how to do that. Knowing how to take nutritional supplements is exceedingly important for anyone but especially important for patients with arthritis who are already taking a number of other medicines. Here are important tips to know. Safety first: Know what you are taking, what it is used for, and how much to take. Dietary supplements may interact with prescription and over the counter medicines as well as other supplements and foods. Always read the label and look for warnings, cautions, interactions, or side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all medications and dietary supplements you take.
Never take dietary supplements instead of prescribed drugs unless you first talk with your doctor. Remember, dietary supplements are not meant to treat or cure diseases. Do not believe the hype. If a product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. No product can treat a wide range of unrelated ailments or health conditions. Learn all you can about the products before you take them. Natural doesn’t always mean safe. Natural products, while not synthesized chemically, may still have the same side effects as similar products produced in a laboratory. Look for reputable companies. These companies will provide contact information to receive more product information or answer questions or complaints. If you have any questions or concerns about a product, call or write to the company. If the company does not respond, do not use the product.