when the listed side effects are the very things/symptoms you are trying to treat? (E.g., "dizziness" on a medication to treat vertigo?) It seems to make no sense. It also makes no sense to list as a side-effect or "warning" the very thing you seek, e.g., "may cause drowsiness" on a sleep aid. Well, I would hope so--that's the whole idea!
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I recall (related to billybuc's answer) a sign in my chiropractor's office, "If we give healthy people drugs, it makes them sick, so why do we give sick people drugs?"
Oh I agree... Big Pharma has a lot of seedy things going on, this is just but one of them. I try to live healthy so I wont need drugs rather than he other way round!
I know, huh, billybuc--it's downright scary!
Yes, but how would you then know if it WAS a side effect, instead of the case being that the medication simply was not working???
Yes, you are right. Good point! I am assuming that the side effects that you get are very minor and wouldn't be as strong as your real illness.