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Published on May 14, 2008 by Edgar Snyder

Understanding Dangerous Drug Side Effects

Understading dangerous drug side effects

Medications come with a multitude of warnings about their side effects. It may make some wonder which is more dangerous – the drug or the disease. Experts are offering tips on how to best evaluate the potential risks and side effects associated with your medication.

Pharmacists agree that a patient's most powerful tool is information. Therefore, they encourage patients to ask their doctors and pharmacists about the risks associated with a drug and its adverse side effects. Experts say that if a doctor does not sufficiently answer questions, patients should not hesitate to ask a pharmacist, as they sometimes have more information.

It is also important for patients to understand how to recognize unwanted side effects of drugs. Pharmacists warn that patients should be particularly observant of side effects such as dizziness, impaired cognitive function, and impaired vision because all three can be fatal if they occur while a patient is driving. Another recommendation for protecting health safety is to use a single pharmacy, so that dangerous interactions between prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can be easily monitored.

Please note: All of our lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania. We also have lawyers licensed to practice in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia, and we associate with experienced attorneys in other states. In addition, all drug-related litigation may involve co-counsel.

Source: "Fast Talk Can Make Cure Seem Worse Than Condition." ThePittsburghChannel.com. May 13, 2008.
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