Side effects of many natural health products have not been proven as they are for mainstream medications.
Problem arises when parents replace prescribed medication with natural medications for long-term conditions. For example, children with Leukemia were given folic acid from a naturopathic doctor and it interfered with the efficacy of an anti cancer drug.
Top Tips from Dr. Gideon Koren, medschoolforparents.com, expert:
- Prescribed medications may have unpleasant side effects; however, the effects of the drug have been closely monitored for efficacy
- Natural health products may not live up to expectations or cause adverse events, therefore, should be used cautiously
- Speak with your doctor before starting any natural health product