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What is a side effect?

A medication is generally prescribed to have a specific effect in the body. Side effects are unwanted or unintended effects that also occur. Side effects can range from something that is so minor it is hardly noticeable, to something life-threatening. All medications can cause side effects, but not all people who take them will necessarily experience them.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 02 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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