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side effect

1. An unpleasant symptom experienced while taking a particular medication. Often plural. Unfortunately, nausea is a common side effect with this drug. Ugh, I had so many side effects that I had to stop taking that medication.
2. By extension, an unexpected result or consequence of something. Having to drive my little sister all over the place is an annoying side effect of living at home again.
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Scarantino said that although the drug had a real impact on dry mouth symptoms, it did not have an effect on another troubling side-effect of radiation treatment for head and neck cancer: mucositis.
Data for the special group of 22 study patients, who were randomly assigned to receive CMM but subsequently failed traditional pain management options, show that the addition of intrathecal pain therapy improved pain scores by more than 15 percent and reduced side-effect scores by more than 47 percent after one month.
Zoloft is an antidepressant that in some people causes violent and suicidal side-effects.
This number is anticipated to grow dramatically as the FDA continues to go after drug companies for selling drugs which have serious side-effects such as blindness, heart attacks and death.
Schwartz added, "The currently marketed insulin sensitizers, while very effective, are unfortunately associated with a few notable side-effects, such as weight gain, which bothers the patients the most, and edema that can precipitate congestive heart failure, which is of most concern to us physicians.
Tamoxifen taken orally has significant side-effects however, as it is recognized as both an agonist and antagonist by the body.
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