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What is the main difference between adverse drug reaction and side effect of drug. explain it.

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Adverse drug reactio: Adverse drug reaction refers to harm associated with the use of a drug at a normal dosage during normal use. Side effect refers to effect of a drug which may be beneficial.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between an adverse drug reaction and side effect?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Same thing: It's the same thing - just two different terms. Some side effects could be beneficial and so not an "adverse" reaction but the terms refer to the same effect - unintended consequences (good or bad) of a therapy.

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