The use of supplements in treating chronic pain has increased as more research has been conducted to show the efficacy of supplements and as individuals have become more health conscious and look for more natural ways to treat their pain.

Supplements are generally less expensive than prescription medications and come from a natural source. Before choosing a supplement it’s important to make sure that it is appropriate for the condition an individual wants to treat and that it doesn’t interact with any other supplements or medications. Supplements can and do have interactions with medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. A pharmacist is a good resource to ensure that it is safe to take.

Natural items are not automatically safe because they are from nature. Nature does produce items that can be harmful or poisonous, ie hemlock or belladonna. Health supplements are not subject to the same stringent regulations as medications. It is also important to include supplements of any kind along with a list of medications and ensure that doctors are updated with this information.