Self-medication with nutritional supplements and herbal over-thecounter products

  title={Self-medication with nutritional supplements and herbal over-thecounter products},
  author={Tolga Eichhorn and Henry Johannes Greten and Thomas H Efferth},
  booktitle={Natural Products and Bioprospecting},
In recent years, the popularity increased for nutritional supplements and herbal products. Prescription drugs, but not herbal therapies are paid by health insurances. They are sold over-the-counter (OTC) on the patients’ own expense. However, there are potential risks of self-medication, e.g. incorrect self-diagnosis, severe adverse reactions, dangerous drug interactions, risk of addiction etc. They are often used by patients at their own discretion without knowledge of and control by their… CONTINUE READING
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