FDA: Consumers Advised to Avoid Mixing Dietary Supplements and Medications

The FDA is reminding consumers that mixing prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications with vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements can be dangerous because some supplements can influence how the body absorbs the medicine. As a result, combining medicine and supplements could have dangerous and even life-threatening effects, the agency notes.. The FDA also warns that children could be particularly vulnerable to adverse events related to simultaneous use of supplements and medication because metabolism rates change as they age. FDA advises consumers who are adding a dietary supplement or medication to their routine to first discuss the change with a doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. En Español