FCS8623 1. La versin en espaol de este document es Vida Saludable: Consejos para Tomar Suplementos Dietticos (FCS8623span). This document, FCS8623, is one in a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Comm unity Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institut e of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First Published: March 2004. Latest Revision: May 2008. Please visit the EDIS We b site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu 2. Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N, ENAFS nutrition educator/trainer, Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, Institut e of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. Healthy Living: Tips for Taking Dietary Supplements1 Jennifer Hillan2 Dietary supplements include vitami ns, minerals, herbs, and other substances. If you are taking any of these products, here are some guidelines to help you use them safely: Talk to Your Doctor or Pharmacist Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplement for the first time. He/she can tell you: The Institute of Food and Agri cultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity -Affirmative Action Employer authorized t o provide research, educational information and other services on ly to individuals and institutions that f unction without regard to race, creed, co lor, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, politic al opinions or affiliations. Fo r information on obtaining othe r extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service o ffice. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sc iences / University of Florida / Larry R. Arrington, Dean when to take it possible side effects possible interactions with other supplements or medications Let your doctor know about any symptoms you experience after taking a supplement. Stop taking the supplement and see if the symptoms subside. Buy From a Reliable Source Look for products with the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) symbol on the label. This means the product meets certain quality standards. Check the Expiration Date Choose products that are clearly marked with an expiration date. Be sure the date is far enough in the future so you can use all of the product before it expires. Buyer Beware! Products labeled natural or organic may or may not be safe. These may be advertising gimmicks to make you think the product is better. Be cautious of claims that the product is an instant cure. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true!