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i'm scared of the common side effects of a drug i've been prescribed, how can i protect myself?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
All meds have them: All medications have adverse effects. The best way to avoid them is to avoid taking medications unless necessary. There is no way to prevent adverse effects without taking another medication (which will have its own set of adverse effects).

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Dr. David Djang
Dr. David Djang commented
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You probably don't have to do anything. Driving in your car is probably more dangerous than working near a nuclear plant.
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