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Side Effects And How To Deal With Them

Keep Track Of Side Effects

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It will help the physician/pharmacist if you keep track of side effects, such as in a Symptoms Diary. The chart has the unique feature of converting your input into graph form so your doctor can quickly see the complete picture without wasting unnecessary precious time during your all-too-short visit.

  • Think about the words that best describe the adverse reaction.
    • The less subjective the words are, the better. For example, if you are experiencing a pain, is it sharp? Dull? Tingling? Etc.
    • If only subjective descriptions fit, try to quantify the symptom. For example, again referring to pain, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most painful, where is your pain?
  • When does the reaction occur? For example, at night, or when you eat.
  • Keep track of the date when the adverse reaction started.
  • Did the reaction stop for a period of time, then start again? If so, when?
  • Recall when you started taking each of the drugs you're taking. Look at your List of Medications.
  • Take a list of all your drugs with you to the doctor, preferably in the form in the List of Medications.

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