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SA Pharmacy Medicines Information Service

Complementary Medicines


SPECIFIC PRODUCT – allows you to look at all ingredients in product

INDICATION  does the indication reflect inadequate treatment, self-diagnosis or a side-effect of a medication

EVIDENCE and SAFETY – at the dose patient taking 


WHO RECOMMENDED  friend, internet, naturopath, doctor, etc 

DUPLICATION – patients may use several products – ensure total dose of vitamins/minerals is not excessive

HOMEOPATHIC  if diluted more than 24X or 12C there are no molecules present

ADULTERATION OR CONTAMINATION OF PRODUCT – particularly if patient experiencing an adverse effect (eg. cushingoid symptoms may indicate adulteration of osteoarthritis herbal products with corticosteroids) 

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