What are Medication Side Effects?

This is actually a very vague question as there are several side effects that can be the result of taking medication. It is very important that you consult a doctor or call 911 if you are feeling ill from taking any kind of medication. However, we have outlined four common medications that are taken by many world wide with what they are used for and their side effects.

A-hydroCort aka Hydrocortisone

Reduces swelling and helps treat immune or allergic disorders.

Side Effects: Increased sweating, nervousness, increased appetite, headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness

See a doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur: Chest pain, muscle pain or weakness, severe vomiting, fever, chills, swelling in the face, tightness in the chest, eye pain or increased pressure, changes in stool, sore throat.

Advil aka Ibuprofen

Reduces pain, fever, and inflammation

Side Effects: Headache, gas, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, or heartburn.

See a doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur: Tightness in chest, chest pains, vision or speech changes, yellowing skin or eyes, persistent stomach pain, bloody stool, dizziness, dark urine, and trouble breathing.

Vicodin aka Acetaminophen/hydrocodone


Reduce Pain, pain management, cough

Side Effects: nausea, constipation, upset stomach

See a doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur: dry mouth, hearing loss, hot flashes, allergic reaction, seizures, constipation, bleeding, decreased urination, and clammy skin.

Nyquil aka acetaminophen/dextromethorphan

Reduces cold, cough, fever, headache

Side Effects: costipation, diarrhea, dizziness, excitability (especially in little kids) nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.

See a doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur: Swelling of face, lips, or tongue, allergice reaction, fast heartbeat, chest pain, tightening chest, severe dizziness, and headache.


We listed these above in the effort to show you how different some drug side effects can be while some of the more common and less severe side effects are generally similar. What you will want to watch for is changes in breathing, bowel movements, urination, and any neurological activities such as vision or hearing. If you are having any of these symptoms you need to dial 911 immediately and seek professional help. Please also keep in mind that the common side effects are only “common” for a short while. Any side effect that is persistent should require medical attention as well. Please use this list only for information purposes and if you have questions you should contact your physician as soon as possible.