Uncommon Side Effects
Definitions and Explanations

Explanations and definitions for Uncommon Side Effects of drugs, nutrients, herbs and other substances. This site is specifically for the discussion of Side Effects of commonly used substances. There are some side effects that are more complicated than others and deserve to have their own page in order for you to learn more in-depth about these side effects.

Unlike their counterparts on the Common Side Effects page that don't need much explaining, some of these problems are complex interrelated diseases that most people are not familiar with- yet could be affected by them without even knowing it!! Many of these uncommon problems are serious enough to have an FDA Black Box Warning right on the packages of the drugs to warn of these problems...

Since doctors and pharmacists know about these side effects, but usually do not tell YOU about them, we decided that Side Effects Site needed to.

So, here are some of the Uncommon Side Effects that people can experience from drugs, nutrients and herbs- although the vast majority of these side effects are the result of drugs.


    Prolonged QT Interval- This is a potentially fatal heart condition that is a side effect of many different drugs and has an easy solution for that doctors just don't tell you about.

    Antibiotic Colitis- Antibiotic Colitis is a gastrointestinal infection that is a Side Effect of antibiotic usage. Even though it's uncommon, it DOES happen and it is contagious and can cause intestinal damage.

    Magnesium Depletion- Some drug side effects include the loss of magnesium and other electrolytes. This can have devastating and even deadly consequences.

    Aspirin Induced Asthma- Not just from aspirin, but from Ibuprofen and other NSAID drugs too.

    Paradoxical Reactions- When you expect a drug to act in a certain way in your body, but it acts exactly the OPPOSITE!

    Cipro Tendonitis- A Painful condition of the tendons (and possibly all over body pain) that can occur not only from the antibiotic Cipro, but any of the many Quinolone Antibiotics.

    Statin Muscle Pain- You can get muscle pain and weakness as one of the uncommon side effects of cholesterol-lowering 'statin' drugs. Or maybe its NOT so uncommon.

    Rhabdomyolysis and Statins- The next step up from Statin Muscle Pain. This is where muscle death and destruction lands you in the hospital- or could even kill you. Rhabdomyolysis is BAD news.

    Withdrawal Symptoms- Antidepressant Side Effects, and the side effects of other drugs like narcotic pain relievers can cause serious, even deadly, withdrawal symptoms. 

Keep reading to find out about the MOST COMMON Side effects that you might experience....

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