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All medicines can cause side effects. Many people don't have side effects. And minor side effects sometimes go away after a while.
But sometimes side effects can be a problem or can be serious.
If you're having problems with side effects, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to lower your dose or change to a different medicine.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of side effects, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
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Anyone can feel side effects from a medicine. There is no way to know for sure if a medicine will cause side effects for you. It may depend on how much of the medicine you take, how old you are, and how much you weigh. It also may depend on your sex and what other health problems you have. Older adults are more likely to have side effects than younger adults.
You may notice side effects when you start to take a medicine, change the dose, or stop using the medicine. And a medicine you've often taken without getting side effects may suddenly cause side effects. Or the side effects may stop.
Here are some important things to think about when taking medicines:
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you take a medicine and you:
There are many things you can do to prevent and prepare for side effects. Before you take any medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about:
Medicines work in a delicate balance with your body and with each other. Sometimes the balance tips, and this can cause side effects or medicine interactions.
Do not suddenly quit taking your medicine. Always talk to your doctor first. Suddenly stopping could cause your symptoms to come back or could cause other health problems.
Here are some tips to help you manage some common side effects from medicines.
The biggest danger when you take many medicines is an interaction.
Interactions can happen with:
Medicines are an important part of treatment for many health problems. But for them to help you the most, you have to take them the right way. To do this, you need to know your medicines. And you need to take them safely.
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineTheresa O'Young PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Theresa O'Young PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
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