Side Effects UK
Welcome to Side Effects UK! Our goal is to provide you accurate info about the negative effects of using medical drugs and how to stay away from the adverse reactions.
Please note that we strongly recommend to use drugs only with a prescription and after visiting a doctor.
What Are Drug Side Effects?
Each medicine or drug has a main or intended effect, but along with that, other effects may occur. In general, in medicine, are considered side effects or adverse effects, all the effects of a drug that are apart from the intended results, predominantly the ones that have bad consequences on the human health.
The side effects of a drug can be classified as mild, severe or fatal. In general, the most common adverse effects of most drugs are the ones of mild nature. These don’t put the patient in a life-threatening danger, they are just an inconvenience or a nuisance. For example, the citalopram side effects of mild nature, as well as the mild adverse effects of most antidepressants include dizziness, insomnia or nausea.
Most drugs unfortunately come with a list of severe side effects, effects that may put your life in danger if you don’t seek medical attention in short time. For example, two of the severe simvastatin side effects are hepatic cirrhosis or rhabdomyolysis (damaged skeletal muscle tissue passes into blood, causing renal failure). Of course, if prescribed and administered properly, these effects will never occur, or the risk will be extremely low.
Any patient can develop an allergic reaction to a certain drug. That’s actually a side effect that comes with basically any drug or medicine. Allergic reactions can also have mild and severe symptoms. Usually the mild effects of an allergic reaction to a drug are various cutaneous rashes or skin itchiness. But in severe cases. Some of the severe symptoms of an allergic reactions to a drug are: edema, especially edema, swelling of the mouth or tongue, breathing problems, hehypotension, or in worst cases coma and even death.
Will I Get Any Side Effects?
Although almost any drug comes with a list of side effects, you can’t know for sure if you will experience any negative or even positive effects after taking it. The only certain thing in this direction is that overdosing with almost any drug usually has bad consequences.
Also, the occurance of adverse effects of drugs is strictly related to the age of the patient. The older the patient, the higher the chance for he or she to experience side effects after the intake of a certain drug. That’s because with age come health problems that may interfere with the drug administered for a certain condition, and the metabolism and the functions of certain organs may be slower.
What to Do If Side Effects Occur?
Knowing how to act in case any severe or even mild side effects of a drug occur is crucial. Your life or the loved ones life may depend on it.
So, the first thing to do if you experience some of the mild side effects of a certain drug, call your doctor and ask for advice, or pay him a visit. They will tell you exactly what to do. In case of severe side effects, call 911 or immediately go to the emergency room. This also stands for a severe allergic reaction.
How to Prevent Side Effects?
First of all, if your doctor prescribes you a new drug, it’s very important to tell them what other drugs, alternative medicines, dietary supplements, or herbal teas you take. This way you can be sure that your doctor will prescribe the right drug for your condition, and the adverse effects will be minimal. Mixing drugs without medical recommendation may lead to reciprocal cancelation of those drugs, or worse, it might result in severe reactions or irreversible damage to your internal organs.
Certain drug side effects can be avoided if the drug is taken with food, or after a meal. However, the absorbtion of that particular drug might be facilitated if you take it before eating. That’s why it’s best to ask your doctor specifically whether the drug can be taken before or after eating, or if there are any side effects of that drug that may appear due to the consumption of certain foods. Alcoholic beverages normally shouldn’t be consumed during medication with any drug. However, if you’d like to have a beer or two from time to time, it’s best to ask your doctor about the impact of alcohol consumption on the drugs that were prescribed to you.
Some drugs call for certain one-time or periodical tests to be performed before they can be prescribed. So, make sure you do those tests.
How to Alleviate Side Effects?
One of the most common actions for alleviating drug side effects is dosage adjusting. However it’s important that the dosage adjustment is recommended by a physician. Interrupting the treatment with a certain drug on your own, just because you feel bad, or due to some mild side effects that you don’t like, might have serious consequences.
Side effects of certain drugs can occur in the first days or weeks of a certain treatment, but after a while they disappear without any measure. Your doctor will probably inform you about this though.
Also there are drugs or dietary supplements which are only said to have certain side effects, but there’s no scientific evidence that they may cause those side effects. For example it’s commonly thought that some of the creatine side effects are muscle cramps and dehydration. Studies and experiments have shown that these symptoms have noting to do with the intake of creatine. However, since most people that experience these so called creatine side effects are bodybuilders, it’s likely they have muscle cramps due to the muscle stress caused by heavy lifting or they become dehydrated after repeated workouts in high temperature environments.
In general, the mild side effects of drugs can be alleviated or eliminated by various means, without interfering with the treatment. For example, in case of:
- Dizziness – you should never get up or sit down too quickly;
- Diarrhea – avoid spicy foods, eat mild foods (grain, rice, bananas).
- Constipation or dyspepsia – eat fruits (apples, prunes) and vegetables (lettuce, spinach, broccoli), drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Also, abdominal exercises might help with both of these conditions;
- Restlessness – in most cases this condition goes away a few days after starting the treatment. Anyway, if it persists, it’s best to tell your doctor to interrupt your medication or adjust your doses;
- Nausea – this condition is usually alleviated if the drug is consumed with food, so ask your doctor if taking your doses this way may interfere with the treatment;
- Headaches – in case of headaches you can ask your doctor to recommend you a pain killer that doesn’t interfere with the treatment. Also, headaches can go away after a few days of treatment;
- Dry mouth – chew gum with no sugars.