Patients should always talk to a healthcare provider before starting a new dietary regimen, including vitamins and supplements. The patient's primary care doctor is familiar with the person's medical history and may suggest supplements to take or avoid. A recent study shows that most primary care doctors don't talk to their patients about key issues related to dietary supplements. The study leaders say that patients should consult with their doctors before starting an over-the-counter regimen to avoid complications.
Tony Hampton, a family medicine doctor at Advocate Medical Group in Chicago, says it's important to talk to your doctor before taking supplements to discuss their risks and effectiveness. Your doctor can inform you of any potential interactions and also help you find the right supplement for you.