What is Co-Prescribing?Co-prescribing is simply the recommendation of nutritional supplements alongside pharmaceutical medications by recognising when it is safe to do so. The aim is to encourage better health outcomes by improving the efficacy of the medications and to reduce any harm that is associated with their use. Depending of the medications being taken it is often recommended for the prescribing doctor to be advised of the nutritional supplements being recommended.
What are the benefits of co-prescribing?
- Potential to improve clinical results
- May be a possibility of reducing drug dose
- Prevent of reduce side effects of drugs
- Understanding the best time to take the nutritional supplements to improve absorption, to avoid interaction and improve outcomes.
- Reduce the risk of becoming nutritionally deficient.
What needs to be taken into consideration with co-prescribing?
- Care taken not to reduce the therapeutic action of the drug
- Not to increase the therapeutic action of the drug
- Not to cause drug toxicity
- Calcium by proton pump inhibitors
- B groups vitamins by anti-biotics, hormone replacement therapy and drugs used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions
- Change of gut flora by anti-biotics
- Minerals by anti-hypertensives
- CoQ10 by hypoglycaemics, cholesterol lowering drugs and beta blockers