Side Effect: That Part of Drugs Most People Keeps Avoiding

Side Effect is one aspect of drug that most people rarely care about, perhaps it is because most times people are so worried about the sickness that worrying about side effect is going to be another headache.

What Is Side Effect

A side-effect is an unwanted symptom caused by medical treatment. Side effects can be caused by all kinds of medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, complementary medicines including herbal preparations, vitamins, and some products dispensed by naturopaths and other practitioners of complementary medicine also can cause side effect.

What to do if you experience side effects:

  • If Side effect is serious, Call emergency Unit,
  • Note the side effects and consult your doctor if you have any concerns. The dose or type of medicine may need to be adjusted. 
  • If you are sensitive to a particular medicine, and a substitute is not available, your doctor may suggest desensitization therapy.

Should you really be worried about side effect: As much as people fall sick and get to need drugs, they should also be concerned about possible side effect of drugs before consuming them.

How to reduce the risk of side effects

To reduce your risk of experiencing side-effects:

  • Take all medicines strictly as prescribed. (Taking medication incorrectly can cause side effects.)
  • Don’t take anyone else’s medicines.
  • Learn about your medication. All prescription medicines have an information leaflet called Consumer Medicine Information (CMI). This includes detailed information on the medicine in plain English, including use, side effects and precautions. Your pharmacist can give you the CMI for your medicine.
  • Ask your pharmacist for advice if you buy over-the-counter medicines. They can advise you about side effects and interactions with other medicines you are taking. Be aware that medicines you buy in the supermarket can also cause side effects.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines.
  • Ask your doctor if improving your lifestyle could reduce your need for medication. Some conditions can be better managed with changes to your diet and regular exercise. 
  • Have an annual review of all the medicines you take. This is particularly important for older people because, as people age, they are more likely to have side effects from medicines. Any medicines considered no longer necessary should be stopped. Ask your doctor if you might benefit from a Home Medicines Review. A pharmacist will review all the medicines you take. 
  • Return unwanted and out-of-date medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal. This service is provided free of charge.
  • Talk to your pharmacist about dosage aids that can help you organise your pill taking. You may be at risk of making mistakes if you take many different medicines at different times.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist questions so you can clearly understand the benefits and risks of your medicines.

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