Coping with Side Effects
Any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, can have side effects. The likelihood of someone experiencing a side effect depends on many factors including: age, gender, allergies, other medications, vitamins and supplements being taken, and how an individual’s body processes the medication in question. Side effects can range from annoying, like dry mouth, to serious, like death. When side effects are difficult to deal with but the medication is working, individuals can have difficult decisions to make. Do they keep taking the medication and deal with the side effect or stop and hope another medication will work as well.