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What patients — and doctors — need to know about vitamins and supplements

March 16, 2018

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Dr. Monique Tello is a practicing physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, director of research and academic affairs for the MGH DGM Healthy Lifestyle Program, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and author of the evidence-based lifestyle … See Full Bio
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Kathleen Thomas
March 20, 2018

I took oxycodone for a hip replacement for 5 weeks . I never took the prescribed amount because I didn’t have much pain. I am now trying to cut way back and/ or completely withdraw from oxycodone. I am now in an extremely difficult situation. If I don’t take it or only take it once a week I have terrible side effects. I have severe restless leg syndrome, extrememe insomnia, depression, diarrhea. When I read thst oxycodone changes the brain I understood. The irony is that I never even took the prescribed amount and now I have withdrawal that has no help! Be aware.

Matthew Fallon
March 23, 2018

contact the prescribing physician, as he/ she should give you guidance on appropriate reductions necessary to titrate yourself off the medication!

Mick Y.
March 20, 2018

Anthony S comment is another pathetic attempt by the nutraceutical industry to slam the pharmaceutical industry. Biotech and oncology drugs are saving lives, nutraceuticals are not.

Anthony S
March 17, 2018

The article warns of buying vitamins from your health care provider, yet medical doctors get paid by the pharmaceutical industry to prescribe their medications. Just another pathetic article attacking the nutritional supplement industry and alternate health professionals.

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