What is an Adverse Event?

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What are Adverse Events?

Adverse events (AEs) are any untoward medical occurrences that develop after a patient has started taking medication. They can range from mild side effects, such as a headache, to more serious events, such as heart attacks or strokes.

AEs can occur with any type of medication, including over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and vitamins or herbal supplements. AEs can also occur with medical devices, such as pacemakers or implantable defibrillators.

Most AEs are not caused by the medication itself, but by the interaction of the medication with the patient’s underlying health condition(s). For example, a patient with high blood pressure who takes a medication to lower their blood pressure may experience a headache as a side effect. This is not caused by the medication, but by the interaction of the medication with the patient’s underlying health condition.

It is important to report all AEs, regardless of how mild they may seem. By reporting AEs, patients and healthcare providers can help to improve the safety of medications and medical devices.

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