Background Australian patients spend large sums of money on complementary
medicine and therapy each year. General practitioners are often
asked questions about whether prescribed medications will interact
with complementary medications. What current internet resources
can be accessed to assist in answering these questions?
Objective This article looks at current internet resources that can assist GPs to
answer patient questions about interactions between prescribed and
Discussion Many of the websites found in this study provided limited information
and limited searchability. We found seven webistes out of 100 that
met our selection criteria. A web portal, with risk categorisation of
mild, moderate and severe for drug-herb interactions, can assist
doctors in clinical decision making. Maximum benefits could be
obtained by working corroboratively with the Therapeutic Goods
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