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Herbal Medications - Issues Related To Their Use - Part I

Herbal Medications - Issues Related To Their Use - Part I

Herbal Medications - Issues Related To Their Use - Part I

Craig V. Towers, M.D., & Patricia D. Hastings, RN, BSN, MSN
Craig V. Towers, M.D., & Patricia D. Hastings, RN, BSN, MSN
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Last updated: 11 Jan 2018

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Description

To start, hundreds of herbal ingredients are in existence and alone or in combination make up thousands of products that can be purchased by the public without a prescription. One of the purposes of this article (and others that will follow in the series) is to inform nurses about some of the medical effects that can be seen with certain products. It is important to remember that a large portion of prescription and non-prescription drugs come from herbs or are derivatives of herbs. Therefore, many herbs can produce an effect on an individual medically when taken internally. Furthermore, nurses and everyone in the healthcare field should understand why these have become so popular. We should not take the stance that they are all hocus-pocus and ineffective. On the contrary, some have been shown to be effective; however, some have not been shown to be effective.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1. Explain when, why, and by how much the use of herbal products by Americans increased in the United States.

2. Describe the proposed mechanisms of action for the herbal products reviewed in this article and the primary reason why people use them.

3. Discuss which herbal products reviewed in this article should be used with caution in patients with hypertension, epilepsy, and immune disorders, and in those taking certain medications.

4. Discuss which herbal products reviewed in this article should not be used prior to surgery, near delivery by pregnant women, or in conjunction with other drugs that may decrease the ability of blood to clot.
Craig V. Towers, M.D., & Patricia D. Hastings, RN, BSN, MSN

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Craig V. Towers, M.D., & Patricia D. Hastings, RN, BSN, MSN
on behalf of e-Ed Credits

Dr. Towers is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is still clinically active managing numerous high-risk pregnancies. He is also actively involved in research with over 90 publications in major medical journals. Though his research has spanned many areas in obstetrics, he has primary interests in drugs in pregnancy, infections in pregnancy, fetal heart monitoring, bleeding in pregnancy, and fetal lung maturity.

He has authored a book for consumers regarding the safety of over-the-counter medications that are used in treating the common cold entitled “I’m Pregnant & I Have a Cold – Are Over-the-Counter Drugs Safe to Use?” published by RBC Press, Inc. He is also one of the new Editors of the reference book for clinical care providers entitled “Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation, published by Wolters & Kluwer.
Patricia D. Hastings has been a registered nurse involved in clinical practice for more than 25 years. She currently is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for Desert Mountain Obstetrics & Gynecology Group. Prior to this, she was the Clinical Director of Obstetrics and Women’s Services at John C. Lincoln-North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and was a Case Manager for Vista Care Hospice. She is a member of AWHONN and is a certified Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor. She is also a member of the ANA and is participating in the Advanced Practice Chapter of the Arizona Nurses Association.

She received her BSN and then her MSN from Wichita State University followed by a postmaster’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from Arizona State University. She has provided several presentations regarding nursing concerns related to Women’ Health Care and has frequently lectured on normal and high-risk obstetrical issues. She has practiced clinically in Kansas, California, and Arizona.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 1.00 Hours

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