Put Your Health First! - DR. HOFFMAN

Pharmaceutical drugs and your health!

Put your health first!

One of the most important things to do every few months, is to look at all of the medications and supplements you are taking.  When you are deciding which supplements are necessary, remember - your health should come first! The Doctors at Tru Health Medicine in Santa Rosa, encourage each of their patients to keep detailed lists of every medication they pick up from their pharmacy, what their daily doses are for each medication as well as each and every supplement they may be taking.  Putting your health first requires careful monitoring of your medications and supplements by your Doctor.  Interactions can be serious and are easy to avoid! 

Many commonly prescribed drugs that you may pick up at the pharmacy, can actually have many interactions with common supplements you may be taking every day.

Things to Remember

1. Supplements and foods can change the way your prescription medications work.

2. Tell your Naturopathic Medical Doctor, which supplements you take and what foods you will often eat.

3. Ask your Naturopathic Medical Doctor which supplements or foods will interact with your medications.

4. Always talk with your Doctor FIRST before taking any supplements.

Below are a few common pharmaceutical drug/supplement interactions:

Analgesics (Pain Relievers) -- Aspirin, Celecoxib (Celebrex), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen

Food: Avoid alchohol. Avoid large amounts of orange juice and vitamin C.

Herbs/Supplements : Avoid Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose, Feverfew, Flaxseed Oil, and Ginko as it increases the risk of bleeding.

Cholesterol Lowering Agents -- Atorvastatin (Lipitor), Pravastatin (Pravachol), Rosuvastatin (Crestor), Simvastatin (Zocor)

Food: Avoid alcohol. Do not take with grapefruit juice.

Herbs/Supplements : St. John’s Wort may decrease desired effect.

Thyroid Medications

Levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid), Thyroid (Armour Thyroid)

Food: Limit intake of Brussel Sprouts, cabbage, kale, greens, rutabaga, soybeans and turnips.

Herbs/Supplements: Do not take with Lemon Balm. Do not take with multivitamins or mineral supplementation.


To learn more about supplement interactions and how to put your health first, contact the Doctor's at:

Tru Health Medicine., 707-292-8882

The Doctors offer appointments in their Santa Rosa clinic.  They also offer their services to the following areas: Windsor, Healdsburg, and more.

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