Beware of Common Side Effects
It is vital for caregivers to be aware of some common ailments and popular products used as treatments and the problems those medications may cause.
Runny noses, stuffed noses, and post nasal drips are among the conditions that prompt a doctor to prescribe an antihistamine or a decongestant, or a combination of the two. Dry coughs and incessant coughs typically require expectorants and/or cough suppressants.
Some Common Side Effects Include:
Antihistamines generally cause fatigue, loss of appetite, and dryness of the mouth and throat. Overuse can cause respiratory failure and weight loss.
Decongestants can cause nervousness, sleeplessness, and heart palpitations.
Expectorants can cause nausea and vomiting.
Suppressants can cause chest pain and lethargy.
Paradoxical side effects may occur at anytime. That means that for a small minority of patients, what normally causes lethargy, may cause excitation in a particular patient.
Quick List of Common Medication Side Effects:
Antihistamines fatigue and loss of appetite.
Decongestants nervousness and sleeplessness.
Expectorants nausea and vomiting.
Cough Suppressants chest pain and lethargy.
Antacids constipation, diarrhea, and cramps.
Paradoxical Side Effects opposite side effects then expected may occur at anytime.
Have your charges ever experienced side effects from medications you administered?