Because nearly 70% of prescription drug users do not discuss their dietary supplement use with their dentists, clinicians must be proactive in questioning patients about their use of these agents. A complete and accurate pharmacological history will help your dentist avoid potential interactions between dietary supplements and drugs.
Believe it or not there are drug interactions between popular dietary supplements and medications used commonly in dentistry.
Provided that patients are not taking ginkgo, St. John’s wort, evening primrose or valerian, oral health care providers can prescribe or administer any of the medications used commonly in dentistry without concern about possible dietary supplement–drug interactions.
According to the evidence, acetaminophen is perhaps the best analgesic choice for patients who use or may use dietary supplements because it is not associated with any clinically significant dietary supplement–drug interactions, in contrast to other analgesics evaluated.
Amoxicillin, cephalexin, metronidazole and penicillin are considered the best antibiotic choices for users of dietary supplements.
Practical Implications. Recognition and avoidance of potential interactions between dietary supplements and drugs will help your dentist optimize treatment while emphasizing patients’ safety.
Always talk to your dentist or doctor about the medications or dietary supplements you are taking. For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.