Sunday, December 06, 2009

Herbals Plus Conventional Meds Can Be Dangerous Mix

(HealthDay News) -- Mix and match may work well when buying clothes, but if the product is medicine, it's better to seek professional advice.

According to a new study, older women who mix over-the-counter, herbal and prescribed medication regularly could be risking their health. And, the report in the March issue of Geriatric Nursing suggests, this danger often goes unnoticed, because many women neglect to tell their doctors about all the different medications they take.

Additionally, their physicians fail to ask the right questions. "Many of these older women do not consider over-the-counter and herbal medications real drugs, and therefore, do not report them," lead researcher Saunjoo Yoon, an assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing, said in a prepared statement. Read more...

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