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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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    How to Make Smart Medication Choices

    Your doctor isn't the only one calling the shots about your health. You've got a say, too, especially when it comes to the medicines you take. "You play a big role in creating your treatment plan," says Wanda Filer, MD, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "You know your medical history, medications you're allergic to, and your budget." Talk about these things with your doctor. Together you'll make the best decisions about the medicine you need.

    Read the How to Make Smart Medication Choices article > >

    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: September 09, 2014
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