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Dealing With Medicine Side Effects and Interactions

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Medicines are a big part of treatment for many health problems. They fight harmful bacteria, relieve pain, and save lives. Medicines have helped cure diseases that used to have no cure.

But there is a downside to medicines.

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Medicines work in a delicate balance with your body and with each other. Sometimes the balance tips, and this can cause side effects or medicine interactions.

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Last Updated: March 09, 2012
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