3. “If you’re taking herbal supplements or over-the-counter drugs, or using alternative therapies, let me know.”
“There is a public mind-set that if you’re taking a herbal preparation, it’s not an active pharmacological preparation,” says Mohamed Ravalia, MD. “So if you take a drug history and you don’t specifically allude to over-the-counter or herbal preparations, oftentimes the patient won’t volunteer it.”
What you can do: “If you’re taking alternative or complementary therapies, it’s important for your doctor to know that,” advises Dr. Chambers. Advise your doctor of any and all medications or supplements you are taking so that they have a more complete picture of your current health practices.