Side Effects

Introduction to Side Effects

Most side effects are undesirable secondary effects experienced when using a drug or medication, some potentially dangerous or life-threatening. However, some side effects sometimes produce unexpected and potentially beneficial effects or unexpected. Examples of this are:

  • Minoxidil: Created as and anti-hypertension medication and vasodilator. However it was discovered that it could be used in the treatment of alopecia or hair loss.
  • Bupropion: Originally as a NDRI and antidepressant, was discovered to antagonize the nicotine receptors, effectively blocking the effects of cigarette and tobacco products. Has been marketed as Zyban for smoking cessation.

History of Side Effects


  1. ^New Oxford American Dictionary

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