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Lunch – Herbs & Drugs: Herbal & Prescription Medication Interactions, Know Before You Mix Meds & Supplements with Pharmacist Brent Peters

Posted July 09, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Spectrum Generations, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine

For more information: 207-563-1363;

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta will host its Wednesday Lunch and Learn program on July 16 at 11:15am. July Marks Herbal and Prescription Awareness Month. Herbal and dietary supplements are increasingly being used by consumers who are looking for non-pharmaceutical products to maintain their health and wellness. Following the luncheon, Brent Peters, Pharmacist on the Miles Campus of LincolnHealth will discuss herbal and prescription medication interactions.

Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month educates health professionals, patients, and seniors about dietary supplements, herbs, and nutritionals. It also brings awareness to the possible dangers of mixing those products with prescription drugs. While these over-the-counter supplements may indeed have a positive impact on common ailments, they should be treated with the same seriousness as prescription medicines. Mixing these remedies with prescription drugs can be outright dangerous. You could have a Herbal/Prescription interaction.

Herbal and other dietary supplements are fast-becoming trendy among many health-conscious consumers, according to, a health and information Web site sponsored by St. Luke’s Health System. According to a recent study at Harvard University, the use of herbal supplements has increased 50%. Not too surprising, since herbal remedies claim to treat every illness from simple headache to prostate ailment, libido issues, emotional distress and memory deficits. However, the Journal of American Medical Association estimates that 40 percent of consumers do not inform their doctor or nurse practitioner that they are using such products. Unfortunately, many consumers are unaware of the dangers of mixing dietary and herbal supplements with prescription drugs, and the possible side-effects of taking many of these supplements—even if taken on their own.

Many people assume that because a remedy is “natural”, then it must be safe. However, some herbal supplements can cause potentially dangerous interactions with medications. Come to Pharmacist Peter’s presentation on July 16 and learn how to be a savvy consumer before taking herbal supplements, by doing your research to find brands that come from organic sources, are minimally processed and have a reputation for providing high quality products as well as why it is important to inform your doctor if you’re considering adding herbal supplements to your wellness regimen or have a health condition that requires treatment. For current information from the Federal Government on the safety of particular dietary supplements, check the “Dietary Supplement and Safety Information” section of the FDA Web site or the “Alerts and Advisories” section of the NCCAM Web site.

Advanced Luncheon Reservations are required. Please call 563-1363 by noon on July 14 to make your luncheon reservation and entrée selection (Lemon Herbed Haddock). For those over 60 years of age the suggested donation is $5.00 per person. For all others, Coastal Lunch and Learn program is an affordable dining choice at $6.00 per person.

Can’t make it to lunch? Community members are always welcome to attend the Center’s Wednesday Learn portion of the day’s Lunch and Learn program, which will begin at noon.

If you’d like more information about these topics or Spectrum Generations or would like to schedule an interview with Brent Peters please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at

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