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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4.4.5 Potent and/or toxic TM/CAM medication therapies

A number of TM/CAM medication therapies are very potent and sometimes toxic. Such medicines are often processed before use in order to decrease the toxicity. If incorrectly processed or used, these medicines can be very harmful and cause poisoning. In countries where such medicines are available, consumers need to be aware that they should not be used without a prescription and detailed instructions from a registered TM/CAM practitioner or a conventional health care provider knowledgeable in TM/CAM.

Often only certain TM/CAM practitioners have the legal right to prescribe potent and/or toxic medication therapies. Where this is the case, this is also something the consumer needs to be aware of (see section 4.6). A list of all toxic TM/CAM medication therapies can also be helpful for the consumer. In addition, consumers should pay particular attention to the prescriptions and dosage recommendations for these medications. Common symptoms of poisoning and possible pathways for reporting such suspected poisoning need to be described in accompanying information material (see section 3.2.2).

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