The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it
may be dangerous to take certain vitamins and/or dietary supplements while
also taking certain medications. The FDA’s announcement, which was
published on October 27 and titled
Mixing Medications and Dietary Supplements Can Endanger Your Health, stresses the fact that dietary supplements have the potential to either
increase or decrease the absorption, effectiveness and metabolism of other
prescription and over-the-counter medications that are taken simultaneously.
If you are currently taking prescription and/or over-the-counter medications,
and you also regularly take vitamins or dietary supplements, your medication
may not be working properly. In fact, mixing dietary supplements with
certain medications could have catastrophic results. The warning issued
by the FDA states that the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba and Vitamin
E (which are both known as blood thinners) can increase a person’s
risk of internal bleeding or stroke if they are combined with the prescription
blood thinner warafin or aspirin.
The manufacturers of prescription medications and vitamin supplements have
a responsibility to clearly list the risks associated with drug interactions
on their labels. If you’ve suffered an injury from mixing vitamin
supplements and prescription medications, you may be entitled to recover
compensation for your damages. The
pharmaceutical injury lawyers at Golomb & Honik will fight aggressively to protect your rights every
step of the way.