A 22-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between adverse effects and sideeffects?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
An adverse effect would be something that is harmful or dangerous. A side effect may or may not be adverse.
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Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Pretty much they are the same thing. Adverse effect does imply something that might be harmful or dangerous but side effect can also carry the same risk. Most doctors use these terms interchangeably
Mar 21, 2022
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
The two terms are about equal. For healthy diet:, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. Get HPV, Flu and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health! Safe sex:
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