12 – What are side effects? Side effects are studied for safety of the patient, not to give them to the patients?
Side effects are recorded as a study for creating the safety profile of a drug. Animals are given 50- 100 times higher doses of the drugs to find out what can go wrong. If nothing goes wrong, 500 times higher doses are given. Finally the effects on all systems are recorded and a safe level or dose is established which does not give any such effects to anyone who uses the drug. This tested safe dose is the dose permitted for everyday use. So the study of side effects if for the safety of the patients and not to give side effects to the patients. At this confirmed safe dose there may still be a rare person one in few hundred thousand who could get an allergy or adverse effect at the normal safe dose. Then since the side effects are known, we can stop the drug and save further damage. If the effects were not studied neither the doctor nor the patient know that the problem is due to the drug and can be corrected by stopping the drug. Once again let me emphasize that side effects are studied for safety of the drug and to save you from getting the side effects not to give you the side effects.