A Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation Crib Sheet for Clinicians – APhA submits compounding comments to FDA. – (866) 348-2889
Americans love their vitamin and mineral supplements, and this often creates confusion or concern for health care providers. Often, clinicians have difficulty finding randomized clinical trials that support or refute vitamin and mineral use. It’s no wonder that this is the case; the vitamin and mineral supplementation market hosts more than 90,000 individual products. Approximately 10% of Americans report using at least 4 of these products and studies indicate that 1 of every 2 patients takes at least 1 supplement.
A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association has published a crib sheet for clinicians that covers the basics of vitamin and mineral supplementation.
The authors provide information that anticipates clinicians’ (and patients’) frequently asked questions. According to the authors, clinicians should advise patients to consume sufficient vitamins and minerals from a healthy diet. Online interaction checkers can help clinicians to ensure that patients’ supplements will not interact with their prescribed medications. Long-term medications that may interact with supplementation include proton pump inhibitors and metformin.