Here are some guidelines on how to safely choose a supplement, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:
- Continue taking any medications that have been prescribed by your doctor. Supplements are not designed to replace those prescription medications.
- Always talk to your doctor before taking any supplement. There could be potentially harmful interactions between your prescriptions and a supplement.
- Stick to supplements that are manufactured by established, recognized companies.
- Check labels for the list of ingredients, and ask your doctor or pharmacist for help if any of the ingredients don't sound familiar.