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Many patients regularly use or occasionally try supplements, either along with prescription and over the counter (OTC) therapies, or in place of some therapies. Because pharmacists must educate and advise patients on drug therapies, it is essential to have a basic understanding of dietary supplements (DS) in order to assist in avoiding harm, whether from drug interactions (Table 74-1), use of a contraindicated supplement, or a poor quality product. Pharmacists do not control access to these products, but can provide essential advice and recommendations.

TABLE 74-1Common Dietary Supplement-Drug Interactions

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