Both over-the-counter and prescription medications often go through a rigorous development and testing schedule before they are ever released to the public, and many are approved by the FDA before they are put out for you to purchase. However, there are still some types of medications and supplements that have not been FDA-approved. If someone you know has had good results from a non-tested and approved medication or supplement, or if you have read good things about it online, you might be tempted to give it a try. However, it is usually best not to take medications or supplements that haven't been tested and approved. Here's why:
It Could Be Dangerous
Perhaps the most important reason why it's usually not a good idea to take medication or supplements that have not been tested is the fact that it can be dangerous to do so. Medications that have not been tested might have side effects that no one really knows about yet, and you don't want to find out about this the hard way. You may also not know how these medications or supplements will interact with other medications that you might be taking. To stay safe, it's usually best to take medications that are FDA-approved.
It Might Not Be As Effective
Another thing that you have to think about is the fact that some medications and supplements that have not been fully developed and tested might not be as effective as other medications and supplements. During the drug development stage, medications and supplements are often tested in many different ways. This can help developers and manufacturers to determine how they can improve these medications and supplements and how to make sure that they are as effective as possible. For things that have not been developed and tested in this way, there is always a chance that they might not be as effective as they otherwise could be. If you talk to your doctor, you can let him or her know about the medication or supplement that you are thinking about taking. Then, he or she may be able to offer suggestions of tested and approved options that might work well for you. Plus, your doctor can help you ensure that your new medication or supplement will not interact poorly with any of your other medications or otherwise put you at risk, and he or she can also help you determine the best possible dosing for you.
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15 August 2017
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