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Supplement or Prescription: Which Should You Choose?
Say you’re having a hard-to-solve health problem in your life. When it comes right down to it, absolutely no one truly knows exactly why your health is the way it is sometimes.
Doctors don’t know. Dieticians don’t know. Your family doesn’t know. And you don’t know.
It happens that way sometimes. Your human body is an amazingly complex machine, and one that we don’t fully understand yet.
And we’re not saying you should choose only prescriptions or only supplements. Because sometimes, you have to test and try until you find the right combination.
Here are some things you may need to consider if you’re going to use both supplements and prescriptions:
Both May Not Mix
It’s highly dependent on what supplement and prescription you want to use together. Just like prescription medications can interact in harmful ways sometimes, so can supplements and prescriptions.
For example, St. John’s Wort can cause a fever or heart problems when mixed with an antidepressant.
If you’re on a prescription for any reason, and you want to go on a supplement, make sure you talk to your doctor so they can advise you of any risks.
It’s Possible Neither Could Fix Your Condition
Prescriptions are around 20% effective. There’s only a 1 in 5 chance that the prescription you get will alleviate your condition.
We don’t know the statistics for supplements. But they’re not guaranteed to help you improve either.
Don’t view either a prescription or supplement as the “final fix.” Because that’s not the way they work.
They have a chance of helping. And they’re worth a try, but there’s no guarantees.
Insurance Doesn’t Dictate Which Supplements You Can Take
Insurance companies offer an additional layer of complexity in the medical industry. They may not want to pay for the drug your doctor has prescribed.
That never happens with supplements. They’re much easier to access.
FDA Testing Can Be Helpful Too
Prescription drugs, as you know, are highly regulated. That’s not always a bad thing. We recently read statistics which showed something like this:
Just 1 in 5000 prescriptions get approved for market use
It takes an average of 12 years to get a drug from idea to market
It costs about $1.6 billion to get a drug from idea to the market
Even though prescription drugs still can cause their fair share of harm, it’s easy to feel much more comfortable with them after seeing how long it takes them to get to market. While the FDA does regulate supplements, it’s not nearly as strict with its controls when doing so.
Should you use a prescription drug or natural supplement? You have to make the choice on what to do. And now you’re armed with much stronger information so you can do what’s best for you.