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
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexes
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4.4.9 Self-medication

When TM/CAM medication therapies are used as self-treatment, consumers need to be aware of the importance of following the proper recommendations. Consumers should always notify their conventional health care provider and TM/CAM practitioner if symptoms do not disappear, if there is no improvement in general (depending on the aim of the therapy), if symptoms get worse or adverse events are suspected. In addition, consumers using self-treatment need to pay special attention to all the issues outlined in the sections above as well as consult health providers, including those for traditional medicine, to ensure proper use of TM/CAM.

A list of TM/CAM medication therapies and conditions appropriate for self-medication can be helpful for the consumer who wishes to self-medicate. However, the suitability of self-medication is also dependant on the individual’s own knowledge. When possible, consumers should be encouraged to discuss their self-medication with their TM/CAM provider, conventional health care provider or pharmacist.

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