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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Need docs answers! what food or drinks to avoid when taking herbal supplements?

Need docs answers! what food or drinks to avoid when taking herbal supplements?

No good answer: Herbal supplements have not been subjected to clinical testing for effectiveness, toxicity or interaction with foods and medicines. There is also no guarantee that the alleged product is actually in the bottle or in the quantity stated. Almost all are benign, however, or there would be reports of interactions by now. So continue your usual diet without fear. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of a drug interaction checker that checks herbal supplements also?

Does anyone know of a drug interaction checker that checks herbal supplements also?

Several: There are now several online databases that include herbs when checking for drug interactions. However, not all possible interactions are known. A good place to start is http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/drug-information/drugherbindex another useful resource is http://www.Drugs.Com/drug_interactions.Html which, while more focused on drug-drug interactions includes many herbs in its database. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid when taking herbal supplements?

What foods should I avoid when taking herbal supplements?

Herbal supplements: I would need to know what herbal supplements you are taking. I would suggest that you only take herbal supplements that are pharmaceutical grade! Otherwise you have know idea what per cent of the label is in the supplement you are taking. ...Read more

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Which herbal supplements cause false positive on a urine drug test?

Which herbal supplements cause false positive on a urine drug test?

I think NONE: I am not aware of any herbal supplement that consistently causes a positive urine drug tests. Even poppy seeds which used to have false positives for morphine, do not typically find this now, because of the cut off levels. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements must one avoid taking after a liver transplant?

What herbal supplements must one avoid taking after a liver transplant?

Why take a chance?: You are one of a privileged few --don't blow it! for whatever reason you required a transplant, the new liver you received is fragile. Any new drug or medical problem, no matter how seeming minor, can lead to its rejection. Talk to your liver transplant coordinator, your surgeon, your medical team, your primary care physician with any questions about your health care, symptoms, medications. ...Read more

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Can you rec some vitamins and herbal supplements or OTC drugs that can help kick heroine addiction?

Can you rec some vitamins and herbal supplements or OTC drugs that can help kick heroine addiction?

There aren't any: The chances of an individual kicking on one's own is very, very low. Opioid withdrawal results in widespread pain, chills, aches/pains, diarrhea and vomiting, as well as anxiety and insomnia. It is usually too severe by day 2-3 for people to stand it, and they use again. Some meds can help a little (tylenol, motrin, pepto bismol) but real help means a doctor helping you. Please get into treatment. ...Read more

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Had my gallbladder removed in Feb since then have had IBS type symptoms shortly after most meals, are there any medications or herbal supplements that could help w this?

Had my gallbladder removed in Feb since then have had IBS type symptoms shortly after most meals, are there any medications or herbal supplements that could help w this?

Cholecystectomy: depending on the study, 5-40% of patients have some abdominal symptoms after cholecystectomy. How to treat yours depends on the cause. Patients with primarily diarrhea would be treated differently than those with primarily pain. initially, you should see your gastroenterologist, but you might consider trying a high-fiber diet just to see if it works, in the meantime. Good luck. ...Read more

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Taking topiramate and vimpat (lacosamide) for seizures. Someone suggested taking herbal supplements too--any i should avoid for risk of messing with med levels?

Taking topiramate and vimpat (lacosamide) for seizures. Someone suggested taking herbal supplements too--any i should avoid for risk of messing with med levels?

Avoid ALL herbs, : vitamins, OTC medications, supplements, homeopathic & naturopathic medications that have not been approved by your neurologist. Medications were originally derived from plants. Ask your other doctors to check for drug interactions when prescribing medications for other illnesses you may have. Take a list of your AED's & doses to all appointments. Wear a medical alert bracelet for safety. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about herbal supplements?

Can you tell me about herbal supplements?

Very bit topic: Many herbal supplements can be beneficial to health. However, the herbal supplement industry is not well- regulated in this country. Just as with medications - herbal supplements may have contraindications, drug interactions and potential side effects. So - approach with knowledge. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Herbal Supplements (Definition)

Herbal supplements are botanicals used to treat health conditions ...Read more