Features January 2010 Issue

Supplements: A Pain-Relief Option, But Be Cautious

When conventional treatments don’t relieve your pain, it makes sense to look elsewhere for help, including among herbal and dietary supplements. However, as we point out in "8 Pain Remedy Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them" this issue, you should be careful about taking supplements while you’re taking other medications for pain relief. Dietary supplements need to be approached with caution, since many of them have not been validated through clinical testing. Further, manufacturers generally do not need to register their products with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements.

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