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Understanding Medication Effects Recognising and Managing Side Effects


Medications, while beneficial for treating medical conditions, can also have a range of side effects. These effects can be both wanted and unwanted, and not all may be officially recognised or listed.

Recognised vs. Unrecognised Side Effects

  • Recognised Side Effects: These are well-documented and graded based on their frequency of occurrence.
  • Unrecognised Side Effects: People may report effects that aren’t officially listed. Lack of recognition doesn’t make them less real, but it indicates insufficient evidence to support or refute them.

Reporting Side Effects

  • It’s important to report any unusual or unexpected side effects to healthcare providers. This information can contribute to a better understanding of the medication’s impact and help in managing your treatment effectively.

Adjusting Medication

  • If the effects of a medication are not as hoped, or if there are unwelcome side effects, consider the possibility of changing the medication or its administration route.
  • Adjustments might include dosage changes, switching to a different medication, or trying a different method of administration.


It’s crucial to stay informed about the potential effects of medications and communicate openly with healthcare providers. This approach ensures that treatment is tailored to individual needs while managing any side effects efficiently.

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Updated on February 15, 2024

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