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Handling the side affects of a drug

When Illinois residents begin taking medication, they expect the medicine will help their health improve. Sometimes, though, people may experience side effects that are dangerous for their health. When people find themselves in this situation, it is important for them to know what they should do.

Medication side effects can come in a variety of forms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that people might experience side effects when they change their daily dose of a medicine or when they begin using a new drug. Some people may also experience reactions when they stop taking a medication. While some side effects may be slight issues, such as drowsiness, a runny nose or dry mouth, others may be more dangerous. A reaction is usually considered to be serious if it causes people to be hospitalized or results in a disability. Sometimes when these side effects are hazardous, it is because someone has an unexpected reaction to a medication. This reaction may occur because a person has a certain allergy or takes other medications that may not mix well with the new drug. 

Before people begin taking a medication, it is a good idea for them to speak with their doctor. According to Very Well Health, people should usually ask what kind of side effects they may be most likely to experience and what they can do to prevent these reactions. Additionally, it is important for people to notify their physician when they are worried about a side effect. This allows doctors to order a test to make sure a person does not develop a serious health problem.

Although some people may want to stop taking their medicine as soon as they think there is a problem, it is a good idea to speak to a doctor first. A physician can typically provide guidance for navigating these side effects and determine if patients need a different dose or a new medication.



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