Various solutions have been attempted to minimize the related side effects
without compromising the therapeutic efficacy of BCG therapy.
Scarborough adds that talking with other patients can play a major role in alleviating chemotherapy side effects
. "Support groups or individual counseling can be very effective in helping cancer patients and their loved ones navigate treatment side effects
, family concerns, work issues, and the anxiety and depression that can accompany cancer," she says.
Of these patients, 3 (3,1%) stated that they were not informed about the duration of treatment, 4 (4,1%) stated that they discontinued treatment as her symptoms relieved, 36 (37.5%) stated that iron medications caused gastrointestinal side effects
and of them, 24 (66,6%) stated that they did not continue medications due to these side effects
, 36 (37.5%) patients stated that the medication caused weight gain and of them, 15 (41,6%) stated that they did not comply with the therapy due to this reason (Table I and II).
may include low blood pressure accompanied by feelings of dizziness and lightheadedness, an irritating dry cough, and increased potassium levels.
But some patients are quite adamant that as long as there's even the slightest chance of them having a side effect
, they don't want to take it.
Significant side effects
as reported by PCPs and patients
are not pleasant to experience but did you know that you can help to build up vital information by reporting your side effect
to the Yellow Card Scheme?
* Side effects
may include drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, liver toxicity and dry eye.
To clear some of the haze surrounding side effects
, scientists from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston created a network linking 809 medications to 852 side effects
known as of 2005.
* side effects
that are occasionally reported but are probably unrelated to medication use.
At baseline the participants completed surveys about their expectations regarding the side effects
, and they were randomized to receive one of the two formulations.
Media reports questioning the safety of statins are raising concerns about side effects
such as muscle pain.