Guidelines on Developing Consumer Information on Proper Use of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(2004; 109 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentForeword
View the documentPreface
View the documentGlossary
Open this folder and view contents1. General Considerations
Open this folder and view contents2. Development of Consumer Information
Open this folder and view contents3. General Principles and Activities for Ensuring Reliable TM/CAM Information
Close this folder4. Topics to Consider when Developing Consumer Information Promoting Proper Use of TM/CAM
View the document4.1 General information
View the document4.2 Where to find reliable information
View the document4.3 How to identify reliable information
Close this folder4.4 TM/CAM medication therapies
View the document4.4.1 Therapeutic claims
View the document4.4.2 Quality
View the document4.4.3 Precautions
View the document4.4.4 Adverse events
View the document4.4.5 Potent and/or toxic TM/CAM medication therapies
View the document4.4.6 Interactions and contraindications
View the document4.4.7 Posology
View the document4.4.8 Methods of administration
View the document4.4.9 Self-medication
View the document4.4.10 Preparation of TM/CAM medication therapies
View the document4.4.11 Children, pregnant or lactating women and the elderly
Open this folder and view contents4.5 Procedure-based TM/CAM therapies
View the document4.6 Practitioners
View the document4.7 Pricing and health insurance coverage
View the document5. Use of this Publication
View the documentReferences
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4.4.11 Children, pregnant or lactating women and the elderly

Consumers need to be aware that decisions about medical care and treatment are best made in consultation with a health care provider. In particular, children, pregnant or lactating women or the elderly should always pay special attention and consult a health care provider and/or authorized TM/CAM practitioner before using any TM/CAM therapy. In the case of medication therapy, children and the elderly often require a different dosage than normally prescribed for adults. Meanwhile pregnant women may risk their own and/or their baby’s health by using certain TM/CAM therapies, due to known or unknown side effects (17).

Information should emphasize that:

• Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult an authorized TM/CAM practitioner before using any TM/CAM therapy.

• Where conventional health care is accessible, communication with the conventional health care provider about TM/CAM use needs to be particularly emphasized in the case of children, pregnant or lactating women and the elderly.

 

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