How To Report a Bad Drug Reaction

Recently I had a bad reaction to a medication. It is a relatively new medication and when I did my research I was surprised to find out that it is so new that there aren’t a lot of adverse reactions reported.

Mmmmm……did I sign up to be a Guinea pig? No, I wanted to get rid of an ailment I had, not add several new health concerns. I talked to my MD who stopped the medication, but didn’t know who to report the adverse reaction to. When I talked to my Pharmacist about it, he recommended that I report the adverse reaction through Health Canada. Who knew?

Here is the web site to report: Canada Vigilance Online Adverse Reaction Reporting:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/index-eng.php

As the polite Canadian people that we are, we don’t want to create waves. You don’t have to name anyone, but consider reporting adverse drug reactions. If you don’t report a reaction, Health Canada will not be able to see a trend. Just think, you could be helping your family or a fellow Canadian.

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