Dr. Carleton prefers these supplement companies
listed below because of their high quality.
Multivitamins and joint support
Ortho Molecular Products
Allergy symptom relief, immune system, and hormonal balance support
Cautions for those taking certain dietary supplements
St. John’s Wort can alter how a drug is used by the body. It may intensify or prolong the action of medications like narcotics or anesthetic agents (for those that have had recent surgery).
Anise, Feverfew, Dong Quai, high dose Vitamin E, alfalfa, and Coenzyme Q10 can have a blood thinning effect. Do not take these supplements if on such medications as Coumadin, Janotoven, Warfarin, Plavix, Lovenox, high dose Ibuprofen, or high dose Aspirin therapies.
Ginseng may cause high blood pressure and tachycardia (a racing of the heart).
Gingko Biloba as well as chronic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory use (medicines like Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen sodium, Orudis KT, Lodine, Relafen, and other medicines in this class) may reduce platelets leaving one feeling tired.
Evening primrose oil may increase seizures for those on epileptogenic agents like Dilantin, Phenytion, Trileptal, Keppra, Neuronitin, Gabapentin, Phenobarbital, and other agents in this class.
Dr. Carleton is not against dietary supplements, she favors Glucosamine for ligament support and a good one-a-day multivitamin. She suggests her patients be careful when considering taking prescription medications and dietary supplements.