i'll tell you in a moment why i'm saying this. i'm advising everyone to check into any medicines they're using, have used in the past, even if only used sparingly. the reason is getting side-effects are a 50% chance, not a 1 in a million shot. i've researched it & found out all medicines have a list of side-effects. also, when you look up side-effects on the web, you'll need to consult several places for lists because one website wont necessarily list everything.
here's why i say this (my story):
since 2000, i've had several illnesses i've tried to medicate with several medications. for one symptom, i had taken 2 different medications that both gave me daily severe diareha (stopping the medications solved it). then, for another illness i had taken (& i'm still on a rather high dose) which has given me the following side-effects: vomiting 5 times a week (stopped after 3 months because i got the dose cut in 1/2), TMJ-like symptom of severe pain in jaw joint & ear by it (which i now have to keep medicated on 2 over the counter pain killers because if i dont i'll scream out from the pain), swelling & fluid retention of the lower legs (getting worse), borderline high blood pressure, severe numbness in left pinky finger & attached hand area thats persisted for 3 days & trys to spread over other fingers & up the forearm, skin rash which is brown with little bumps & areas where the skin will peel from being too dry which itches real bad sometimes & i've had to use a special lubricant to stop it. now, for these 5 symptoms of side-effects, i have to get the dose lowered to 1/2 again (which will be the lowest dose on the market). if lowering this dose doesnt work, i'll have to stop the medication entirely & rely on herbal products.
also, here's more advice: if a doctor has ordered you to take medicine, dont assume they've started you at the lowest dose on the market. they're supposed to start on the lowest & only go higher if symptoms aren't relieved, not the other way around. the reason for not overmedicating you is because it'll open you to a higher risk of side-effects and also opens you to getting those side-effects more severely than you would've otherwise. so, it's not good to be overmedicated if the lower dose does the same thing (which it does many times).