Patients often ask for feedback on homeopathic treatments. While I can offer prescriptive options or OTC suggestions, there are very few herbal medications that I feel comfortable recommending.

I realize that my advice is a reflection of my knowledge and my professional liability. How should I handle these situations in the future? — Sean Green, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Fort Worth, Tex.

Engage in some research in your spare time to become more knowledgeable about the most commonly used homeopathic remedies. You do not need to be an expert, but your patients will appreciate any insight you can provide.

Of course, it is important to inform patients to always consult a primary-care clinician before trying any homeopathic or other alternative therapy. — Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, Staff Pharmacist, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster, Tex. (186-5)


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