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Know the Science: How Medications and Supplements Can Interact

Test Your Knowledge

Test Your Knowledge

Take a brief quiz to show what you learned about how medications and supplements can interact.

Some supplements can decrease the effects of medications.

Some supplements can increase the effects—including unwanted side effects—of medications.

Some interactions between supplements and medications are very dangerous.

Scientists know a great deal about medication-supplement interactions.

Besides your primary health care provider, which of these people need to know about all the medications and supplements you’re taking?

Which one of these herbs decreases the effects of many medications?

The right level of certain medications in your body is crucial. Serious or life-threatening complications can occur with some medications if they are slightly too high or too low. This is known as:

If you’re planning surgery, your health care provider may ask you to stop taking dietary supplements ahead of time because they could: