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Used 2nd herbal supplement because: Prescription and OTC drugs expensive

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For sample adults who had taken two or more herbal supplements in the past 30 days (HERMOSUPNO) and had taken the second supplement for different reasons than they had taken the first (HER2SAME1), HER2DRUGCOST indicates whether respondents had used a second herbal supplement because prescription or over-the-counter drugs were too expensive.

Related Variables 

Other reasons for using a second herbal supplement that were recorded by the survey, and the associated IPUMS NHIS variables, are:

  • HER2MENT (Improved mental ability or memory)
  • HER2PHYS (Improved physical performance)
  • HER2SEX (Improved sexual performance)
  • HER2TREAT (Treat a disease or health problem)
  • HER2PREV (Prevent a disease or health problem)
  • HER2SAME1 (Whether taken for same reasons as 1st herbal supplement taken)

Parallel information was recorded on sample adults' reasons for taking their first herbal supplement. (See, for example, HER1DRUGCOST.)

For information about the full range of variables related to natural herbs, including a definition of "natural herbs," see HERYR.


HER2DRUGCOST is only available for 2007.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have taken two or more herbal supplements in the past 30 days.


  • 2007