Adverse Events is a web-application with tools that patients and their doctors can use to find up-to-date information on more than 4,000 FDA-approved prescription medications. The application itself is powered by RxFilter, a special algorithm that analyzes FDA drug safety data and tracks the adverse side effects associated with certain medications.
If you’re at all concerned about the medications your physician has prescribed, then it pays to log on to the Adverse Events website and have a look around. Without becoming a subscriber, you can search for information about any drug, medical condition, or prescription side effect. If you’re interested in the possible side effects of a pill you’ve recently been prescribed, then you’ll want to enter the name of the medication in the Adverse Events search bar. Find the correct result on the next page, and browse through a list of the most frequently reported side effects of this medication. You can compare these side effects to those of similar medications with the click of a button. If you find out that people who take a similar pill are less likely to suffer from depression or insomnia as a result, for example, then you can take this information to your physician for a more in-depth analysis. Individuals and organizations that sign up for premium subscriptions, meanwhile, can set up special alerts to find out when new adverse events have been reported by people taking their same medications.
Although the information that Adverse Events provides was available through the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System in the past, it was organized in a way that was difficult for patients to navigate or understand. Adverse Events opens up this information and improves patient safety by encouraging people to get informed about the potential side effects of any medications they’re taking on a regular basis.
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