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By Angela Gemmill
Some natural health products can interact with prescription drugs used to treat chronic diseases.
Pharmacists are encouraging patients on three or more medications to have a MedCheck consultation, which provides a review of prescriptions and possible interactions with other products being used.
Chelmsford Pharmacist, Ken Burns, says the free consult is important so patients can understand their own health issues.
He say he discusses with the patient the list of medications and how they may interact with over the counter products or natural supplements.
The patient can then pass this information on to other health care providers helping them along the way.
Burns says Ginseng and St John’s Wort are two natural products that can interact with prescriptions.