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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.
See also: effect, side
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Possible side effects: Low fever, soreness where the shot is given.
There were mixed results from some early, methodologically unsophisticated studies addressing the worry that the side effects of medications - especially sedation - would negatively impact work capacity.
These include the ability to develop immune response against mycobacterial antigens, sufficient number of live bacilli, close contact between BCG and tumor, relatively low tumor burden, and absence of major systemic side effects (4).
Side Effects Unfortunately, chemotherapy also destroys healthy cells that grow and divide rapidly.
The list of side effects (small print on the product insert) is enormous.
Knowledge was assessed regarding the estimated incidence of 7 ADT side effects (diabetes, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular events, erectile dysfunction, hot flashes, depression and reduced cognition) after 1 year of use.
If you haven't experienced a side effect but you are concerned about the potential side effects of a medicine, it is important that you do not stop taking your medicines but you discuss your concerns with your pharmacist or doctor.
I found the usual suspects--nausea, fatigue, and Yes, dizziness--and several oddball side effects, like increased sweating and vision disturbances, that I figured were flukes.
"I'm not sure if we're using the wrong pain measures, the wrong side effect measures, or if those just aren't the things that influence it," she said.
Fortunately, the side effect is rare, affecting only 1 in 20,000 statin users, and is reported most often with high doses of statins.
Muscle ache is by far the most common side effect. Some people feel muscle aches all over, while others feel them in their arms or legs, or their back," Dr.
Major Finding: No significant differences were found in physical or sexual side effects in adolescents taking DMPAIM and DMPA-SC.
"The striking difference between expectations between physical and sexual side effects may reflect our clinical practice, in that physical side effects are emphasized during contraceptive counseling but sexual side effects may be relatively neglected.
-- Educating depressed patients about the sexual side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors could mitigate their experiences with those side effects, results of a study of 92 adults who were first-time users of the medication show.