Drug Toxicity

You are having a reaction to your medicine. This does not mean you are allergic to the drug. Medicines can have many different side effects and toxic reactions. These include:

  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, and dry mouth.

  • Nervous system symptoms, such as weakness, muscle spasms, drowsiness, confusion, agitation, and headache.

  • Heart and blood vessel symptoms, such as fainting, irregular heartbeat (palpitations), and fast heartbeat.

  • Skin symptoms, such as itching, light sensitivity, and rashes.

When taking more medicines, there is an increased chance of a drug interaction that can make you sick. Take your medicines as your caregiver recommends. Keep a list of the names and doses of each of your drugs. Avoid alcohol and street drugs. Call your caregiver if you are worried about drug side effects or toxicity.