If you are taking any herbal products, homeopathic remedies
or vitamins, be sure to tell your doctor and your pharmacist.
Even though you can buy these without a prescription, these
products are no different from other medications. They can
interact with medications you take or cause side effects.
And sometimes they have other ingredients or contaminants
that may be dangerous. For example, after taking an herbal
laxative product called "Chomper" for a few days, a young
woman developed an irregular heartbeat and had to go to the
hospital. At the hospital, they found that Chomper contained
digitalis, the ingredient in digoxin, which is usually given
to patients who have heart failure. Talk to your doctor or
pharmacist first before you start taking any vitamins, herbal
or homeopathic products.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices