3) Side effects of medication

Medication side effect worries

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Man talking to pharmacist about newspaper heading and his tablets in hand.
Man: “These tablets I’m on are in the paper, should I stop taking them?”
Pharmacist: “All tablets have some side effects but if you stop taking them it will do you more harm.”

People are often concerned about side effects of tablets. This might be because of:

  • A previous experience
  • Something someone has said
  • A story in the news

If you have any worries about your tablets, discuss them with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. You can also phone the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland advice line on 0808 801 0899.

Key point

Don’t let your worries about your tablets get the better of you. Speak to a health professional about your concerns.