It is very important to keep track of all side effects and discuss them with your doctor. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
Most drugs have a long list of nonsevere, mild adverse effects which do not prevent continued usage. These side effects, which depend on individual sensitivity, can include nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, malaise, vomiting, headache, dermatitis, dry mouth, etc. Not all drug users experience these side effects and some users do not have them. Patients should be fully informed about side effects, track them and discuss with their doctors.
Find out as much about your medications as you can to learn how to take it properly. Ask the following questions and write down the answers before leaving the doctor’s office.
What is the name of the medicine and why am I taking it? What is the name of the condition this medicine will treat? How long will it take to work? How should I store the medication? Does it need to be refrigerated? Can the pharmacist substitute a less expensive, generic form of the medicine?
Submit a Side Effect Report
Include health symptoms (e.g.fatigue, sleeplessness, nausea, other); reason for taking medication or diagnosis; dosage and frequency; Outcomes Attributed to Side Effects (e.g. Life-threatening, Hospitalization - initial or prolonged, Disability or Permanent Damage, Congenital Anomaly/Birth Defect); Required Intervention to Prevent Permanent Damage, Important Medical Events; Relevant History and Preexisting Medical Conditions (e.g. allergies, race, pregnancy, smoking and alcohol use, liver/kidney problems,etc.)