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Side Effects of Herbs and Supplements

Two great resources identify the side effects of and potential interactions with herbs and supplements. Natural Standard, a comprehensive, evidence-based database of information on complementary and alternative medicine and Meyler’s Side Effects of Herbal Medicines, a textbook, are available online.

Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. Grades are used to reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. Users can search by treatment, condition, or herb/supplement. Natural Standard provides a Foods, Herbs and Supplements database that includes interactions. It also offers interactions and depletions checkers.

Meyler’s Herbal Medicines is a textbook to which Dana has online access. Meyler’s covers herbal medicines and offers both adverse effects and interactions information.

PubMed Health

From the National Library of Medicine, PubMed Health “offers up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, drugs, treatment options, and healthy living, with a special focus on comparative effectiveness research from institutions around the world. PubMed Health is produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.”

While it is similar to MedlinePlus, the comprehensive database of consumer health information from the NLM, PubMed Health offers more information regarding comparative effectiveness research of treatments. For a more detailed analysis of the differences between the two products, see this newsletter article from the Vanderbilt University’s Eskind Biomedical Library.