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Being Aware of Complementary and Alternative Medication in Children

Author: Dr. Gideon Koren, MedSchoolForParents.com Expert
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:
 
 

 

  1. Prescribed medications may have unpleasant side effects; however, the effects of the drug have been closely monitored for efficacy
  2. Natural health products may not live up to expectations or cause adverse events, therefore, should be used cautiously
  3. Speak with your doctor before starting any natural health product

 

 
Updated: 03/08/2017

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