Speak up! Report your side effects.
Most adverse drug reactions go unreported. This is a public health matter because without knowledge on potential safety issues, the FDA’s ability to address a particular drug product concern may be delayed or remain unaddressed.
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Additional Information about Side Effect Reporting
We use the term “side effects” because it is the more commonly used, but the FDA is more interested in your “adverse drug reactions”. As a matter of fact, those who work in the healthcare industry consider the two terms to be very different. Side effects may be expected and temporary, whereas adverse drug reactions may be unexpected and more serious.
Regardless, all medications pose the risk of side effects or adverse drug reactions and some may need to be reported.
So, if you need to report a suspected or confirmed adverse drug reaction that is concerning to you (or, “undesired” per the FDA’s advisory), then you have the right to report this. For all reports you submit to us or to the FDA, we strongly advise for you to share with your prescribing healthcare provider too.