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What is the difference between an adverse drug reaction and side effect?
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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