Prescription Drug Side Effects: Drug-Recalls.Org provides detailed information on the side effects associated with a large number of prescription medications. A drug’s “side effect” is an unwanted, non-therapeutic effect caused by the taking of a drug. In other words, it is an effect that is unrelated to the purpose for which the drug is taken. For example, Avandia is a drug whose purpose is to control blood sugar in type 2 diabetes patients. An unwanted side effect of taking Avandia is that, if it’s taken in combination with other nitrate medications, it is known to increase the risk of heart attack. A side effect or adverse effect usually occurs as a consequence of a medication consumed, or as a result of interactions with other medications/alcohol/other substance, or as a result of incorrect dosage.
All drugs have side effects of some kind. During the approval process, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.)–the government agency responsible for regulating prescription and over-the-counter drugs on the U.S. market—assesses the nature and severity of these side effects, and weighs them against the benefit provided by a drug, in deciding if the drug is to be allowed into the U.S. market.
The side effects pages provided by Drug-Recalls.Org are offered to make it easier for patients and their families to try to inform themselves and understand the risks associated with specific medications. Drug manufacturers are required to provide an updated list all known side effects or adverse consequences linked to their products. By learning about and understanding some of the side effects published about a certain drug, patients may be better able to recognize some of the effects they may be experiencing upon taking a drug and better equipped to consult with their physicians regarding their course of treatment.
Side effects occurring from the use of a drug will generally vary greatly from one person to the next depending on a number of factors such as age, race, gender, overall health, diet, ethnicity and the nature of the condition the patient is treating with the drug. In addition, side effects may occur or be exacerbated by taking a drug in combination with another prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, homeopathic drug, food, alcohol, or cigarettes, among other things. Adverse reactions to a medication may also occur when a patient changes doses, is just beginning or completing a course of treatment with a medication.
Note: Drug-Recalls.Org provides the extensive list of side effects as a general source of information for the public. However, no information provided herein is a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Each patient is advised to consult with their own doctor regarding the specifics of their particular circumstances and medication. Reports of serious drug side effects should be made to the US FDA MedWatch program.
Below is a list of common prescription drugs along with some of their associated side effects: