Med Side Effects

Caution: this post is not for weak stomachs or faint of heart.

I started wondering how many of my meds have the same side effects, and exactly what side effects there are. I looked up the meds on WebMD, and at the end they all had this same notice: “This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.”

In addition, I would never presume to be a medication expert, so again, if you have any concerns contact your doctor or pharmacist. This was purely for my own edification. The numbers in parentheses indicate how many of my meds have that particular side effect, otherwise they only apply to one. I take a total of six medications (both medical and psychiatric), not including vitamins and supplements.

So without further ado…

swelling of the ankles/feet, loss of appetite, bloating, blood clots, coughing up blood, breast lumps, weakness on one side of the body, breast tenderness, trouble breathing (5), shortness of breath (2), easy bruising/bleeding (2), chest/jaw/left arm pain (3), confusion (2), constipation (3), lack of coordination, dry or persistent cough, signs of worsening diabetes control, diarrhea (2), dizziness (6), severe dizziness (4), drowsiness (6), ringing in the ears, painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours (3), yellowing eyes/skin, mask-like facial expression, fainting (4), swelling of hands/feet, fever (2), headache (6), severe/pounding headache (2), heart attacks, slow/fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat (4), hives, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat) (4), pain/redness/swelling of legs, lightheadedness (3), swollen lymph glands, painful menstrual cramps, mental/mood changes (e.g., extreme anxiety, increased anxiety, severe depression, unusual high energy/excitement, depression, memory loss, suicidal thoughts), bad taste in the mouth, dry mouth (2), painful sores in the mouth or around the eyes, muscle ache/pain, muscle spasm/stiffness (2), muscle weakness/cramps, nasal congestion, persistent nausea/vomiting (5), nervousness, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, nightmares, stuffy nose, rash (4), restlessness, excess saliva/drooling (2), seizures, worsening of seizures, serotonin syndrome, decreased sexual ability (2), increased/decreased interest in sex (3), shaking (tremor) (4), difficulty sleeping (2), slurred speech, bloody/black/tarry stools (2), stomach/abdominal/pelvic discomfort or pain (4), stroke, increased sensitivity to the sun, trouble swallowing, increased sweating (2) , loss of taste, tiredness (3), problems urinating, change in the amount of urine (2), blood in urine, dark urine, unusual vaginal bleeding (e.g., spotting, breakthrough bleeding, prolonged/recurrent bleeding), unusual vaginal itching/odor, vaginal discharge, blurred/double vision (5), sudden changes of vision, (e.g., double vision, loss of vision), vomiting (3), vomit that looks like coffee grounds (2), weakness (2), weight changes-gain or loss (4), yawning
Tardive dyskinesia. In some cases, this condition may be permanent. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any unusual uncontrolled movements (especially of the face, mouth, tongue, arms or legs).

Oy vey!

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