Most Common Medication Side Effects
Last Edited: April 12th, 2012

All medications come with the risk of side effects. Side effects can range from mild to severe, depending upon the medication and the person's health and medical history. One of the most important things an individual should do before taking any medication is to understand what the potential side effects are. Not only does this prepare them for what they may experience, but it reduces anxiety when a side effect manifests.

The most common medication side effects include headache, dry mouth, gastrointestinal effects like nausea or cramping and skin irritation. Most side effects are mild and are more of a nuisance or inconvenience, but mild or severe, all side effects should be addressed by your medical practitioner and by the patient thoroughly reading the medication instructions.

When it comes to the longevity of the side effects, some of them are short-lived, while others will span the entire time that the medication is taken. It is important to realize that all side effects will subside and disappear once the medication is no longer consumed. If side effects continue to become worse, it is equally important to speak with a pharmacist or medical provider. Patients though should never stop taking a medication unless their medical provider instructs them to do so. And if the side effect is intolerable, say for instance extended insomnia or severe gastrointestinal distress, a pharmacist or doctor may be able to prescribe a different medication that can be better tolerated.

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