Are There Supplements That Benefit MPN Patients?

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In this “Ask the Expert” segment featuring Dr. Stephen Oh from Washington University School of Medicine, an MPN community member writes, “Are there supplements that someone with an MPN should take or that would be helpful?” Dr. Oh shares his perspective regarding supplements and urges patients to share anything they are taking with their physician so as not to disrupt treatment.

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Susan Leclair:

Okay.  And here's a question from Jeffrey.  He wants to know, “Are there supplements that someone with an MPN should take or that would be helpful or even to stay away from?” 

Dr. Oh:

That's another good question that comes up all the time with patients.  I think you would see a variety of different opinions on this, but the bottom line is that there's really no specific evidence as to whether any particular supplement is either beneficial or harmful in these diseases.  So I tend to not be dogmatic about it.  I would say that I don't endorse any specific supplement, because simply there's no evidence to support that. 

If a patient wants to take a particular supplement I'm not necessarily opposed to that, but we have to consider that that—there could be potential downsides in terms of toxicities or interactions with other medications that the patient may be taking which are specifically directed for their myeloproliferative disease that could interfere with that.  So I'm not a big proponent of supplements, but again I wouldn't necessarily completely discourage it. 

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you. 

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