Authored By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D
So you started a new medication that your doctor says you really need to be taking. The problem is, the side effects of the drug are less an ideal. You’re having stomach cramps. Or diarrhea. Or your heart is racing. So what’s the best way to manage them?
Let’s first take a step back. Adverse medication side effects are the secondary or unintended effects of a drug. They can range from mild but manageable, to severe and life-altering. The are unfortunately all too common and are a leading cause for medication non-adherence. Fortunately, side effects often resolve on their own after a few days or weeks. Below is some advice for lessening, or at least dealing, with them.