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The Importance of Reading Medication Side Effects

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If you take any prescribed medications, you may or may not have taken the time to look at the paperwork your pharmacy gave you along with your prescriptions. While it is pretty common for pharmacies to give printed copies of the adverse side effects of medications nowadays, maybe yours doesn’t.

All medications generally have some sort of possible side effects, although not every person that takes the medication will experience those side effects. Even if the individual gets negative symptoms some experience the side effects very lightly and they can pass unnoticed, or very heavily, leading to significant health problems. However, it’s always important to know what they are just in case.

Ask Your Doctor or Pharmacist
Before you even go fill your prescription, while you are still sitting in your doctor’s exam room, take a moment to ask them about the side effects of both new and old prescriptions. You may be surprised at what you find out. If your doctor is too busy, or you forget, your pharmacist is also trained to answer these types if questions for you.

You may realize that something new that has been going on with you is medication related and could be preventable, such as excessive sweating or irregular heartbeat. These both can be side effects of many medications, including others like diarrhea, constipation, nausea and more.

It also helps to ask about drug interaction with other drugs or even with the foods you eat. It has been proven that grapefruits and grapefruit juice can lessen the effectiveness of some medications. Make sure your doctor or pharmacist is clear with you on possible issues like this.

Branded Vs. Generic Medicine
Another thing you may want to learn more about is the differences between generic and branded medicines. In most cases, the generic medication and the branded medication are exactly the same, they just carry a different name. However, there can sometime be ingredient differences when it comes to inactive ingredients.

People that have different food allergies need to make sure that their doctors and pharmacists are aware also, just in case an inactive ingredient contains the allergen.

Some medications, like AndroGel, can have major, life threatening side effects and lawsuits have been filed against the pharmaceutical companies responsible for them. You should be aware of things like possible stroke or heart attack with any medications you are currently on or may potentially be taking.

While you may have no choice but to take a risky medication, knowing the side effects could help save your life. If you know your medication could possibly cause a stroke and you know the signs of stroke, you may be able to get help in time if you ever do have a stroke. It also helps to know there are attorneys out there to help people in such cases.

Also remember that just because a medication has adverse side effects it doesn’t mean you will ever even experience them. Many people take medications on a daily basis and never have any ill effects from them. It may be a case of 1 in every 100 people. Don’t let the odds keep you from taking a medication that could allow you a happier life.

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