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Suffering from side effects of medicines

Suffering from side effects of medicines

Any medicine can cause some sort of side-effect, even those bought in a supermarket. Some people will have a side-effect with any medicine, where another person will not have any issues with any of them. You are more likely to get side-effects if you do not take the medicine correctly.

If you do experience a side-effect, it will usually not be serious and tends to disappear after taking the medicine a little while. If you are unsure you should speak to a pharmacist.

Most patient information leaflets now list the known side effects, and class them as:

  • very common (more than 1 in 10 people are affected)
  • common (between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people are affected)
  • uncommon (between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 people are affected)
  • rare (between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 10,000 people are affected)
  • very rare (fewer than 1 in 10,000 people are affected)

You should tell your pharmacist or your doctor if you think you are affected by any of them – especially if it is one that is considered rare or very rare.

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