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Complementary drugs—herbs, vitamins, and dietary supplements for pain and symptom management 

Complementary drugs—herbs, vitamins, and dietary supplements for pain and symptom management
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Complementary drugs—herbs, vitamins, and dietary supplements for pain and symptom management
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Joy A. Weydert

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10.1093/med/9780199642656.003.0059
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date: 18 June 2019

Because of the interest of patients and physicians, there has been increasing research into the use of botanical agents, nutritional supplements, and diet as a means to manage pain. Pharmacological agents typically are chosen as first-line therapy for pain and symptom management; however, for some patients these agents may not work well long term or have side effects that are not tolerated. Other patients may prefer non-pharmacological therapies. Most clinicians are not trained or may not be comfortable recommending these complementary agents.

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