Drug-Nutrient Interactions: Problem Becomes Opportunity

// Dr. Skye Lininger


For 35 years I’ve been a part of the natural products industry—currently as CEO of Aisle7, the leading supplier of balanced and scientifically valid information about nutritional supplements. Interest in supplements has never been higher and the number of people taking them has never been greater. An estimated 80% of adults in the United States take some form of medication and about 50% of all adults take dietary supplements.

While health practitioners are aware of potential interactions, sourcing reliable information and finding a format from which to advise patients has remained a challenge

From these numbers we estimate that around 40% take both a prescription or over-the-counter drug and a dietary supplement, which raises safety concerns and makes educating patients about drug-nutrient interactions increasingly important. Reviewing the medical literature to build the Aisle7 database, we recorded and categorized thousands of reported and documented interactions between drugs and nutritional supplements, some beneficial (for example, replenishing nutrient depletions) and some harmful (for example, when a nutrient interferes with absorption or potentiation).

While many health practitioners are aware of potential interactions, sourcing reliable information and finding a format from which to advise patients has remained a challenge. That is why we created the Healthnotes® Interactions Checker. For the first time, a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool lets physicians identify both positive and negative interactions between multiple nutrients and drugs. We’re very excited to have partnered with Integrative Therapeutics to introduce you to its unique benefits:

Real-Life Application for the Entire Medicine Cabinet

Most people aren't just taking one drug or one supplement; they're taking numerous prescriptions and supplements. Unlike other interactions tools, Healthnotes® Interactions Checker allows users to enter as many drugs and supplements as needed, providing you and your patients with a comprehensive view.

Layered Reporting Engine Designed for You

The easy-to-navigate interface is built with the health practitioner in mind. The report engine allows you to view interactions for individual supplements, a group of supplements or for interactions between vitamins and any number of drugs. And results can be easily emailed and printed for convenient sharing.

Automatic Science Updates

The interactions database is maintained by our team of credentialed researchers and doctors who review the medical literature on an ongoing basis and regularly update the database with the latest nutrient studies and research.

After months of development, we're excited to see the Healthnotes® Interactions Checker tool in action. More importantly, we want to hear from you. If you haven't yet, please give it a try on your next patient consult.

Let us know what you think. How can we make it better? Drop me a line. skye@aisle7.com

Dr. Skye Lininger

Skye has more than 20 years experience in the computer and software industry and has served as CEO of a consumer-direct catalog business and VP of Sales and Marketing for a dietary supplement company. He practiced for ten years as chiropractor. In addition to the DC, he holds a master’s degree in English from California State University, Fresno and an MBA from the University of Oregon. He has taught both English and Nutrition at the college level. He has served as the Board Chair for both Bastyr University and Western States Chiropractic College, and is a former member of the Executive Committee of Portland Center Stage. He currently serves on the board of Pulse Health.



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