Which side effects are common enough to be mentioned, and which are rare enough to be left unsaid? It’s your body, your appointment and the doctor is your consultant. Ask for the information you want. Once when my mother was visiting me, we went to a dollar store and she bought something that surprised me — a book about pills that discussed which medicines are for what conditions and what their side effects are. As soon as we got home, she pulled out the book and a pill bottle and searched the pages. She nearly wept when she read that…

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Introducing our series of short videos about the latest news, studies and controversies related to your drugs and their side effects. A few months ago, Jonathan Block came on board as MedShadow’s new content manager. He’s smart and has great depth of medical knowledge. He also makes me laugh. I think you’ll like him too, so we’ve started MedShadow TV. Once a week, for 3-7 minutes, Jonathan and I explain, discuss or debate a health topic. The topics we choose are ones that intrigue us, challenge us or just revolt us. That’s the case in our first MedShadow TV episode.…

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