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  • mountainhiker1946 mountainhiker1946 May 23, 2011 5:26 PM Flag

    Side effects and labels

    Drugs, on average, each list a mind-numbing 70 potential drug reactions, researchers say.

    Such a lengthy list is more likely the product of cautious manufacturers, who want to protect themselves from lawsuits, rather than the inherent dangers of the drugs themselves, the researchers say. But the large number of side effects may make it hard for doctors to know which medications to select for their patients.

    "But having all these labeled side effects can overwhelm doctors who must weigh the risks and benefits when prescribing a medication," Duke said.

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