Dealing With Medicine Side Effects and Interactions
Medicines are a big part of treatment for many health problems. They fight harmful bacteria, relieve pain, and save lives. Medicines have helped cure diseases that used to have no cure.
But there is a downside to medicines.
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.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them.
Here are some important things to think about:
Will you get side effects?
Anyone can feel side effects from a medicine, but 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, how much you weigh, whether you are male or female, and what other health problems you may 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. A medicine you've often taken without getting side effects may suddenly cause side effects. Or side effects may stop.
What can you do to prevent side effects?
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:
What can you do for mild side effects?
In general, you can ask your doctor if you can take less of the medicine or try another one.
Here are some tips to help you manage some common side effects from medicines.
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