Adverse Drug Reactions and Drug Interactions

  • Nicola HusainEmail author


Adverse drug reactions are unwanted effects from medicines, and these can range from mild or irritating to severe or life-threatening. They are a significant cause of mortality, morbidity and hospital admissions and a common reason why patients do not take their medicines as instructed. Identification of adverse drug reactions can be complex because symptoms are often non-specific and because reactions do not always occur immediately after a medicine is given.


Adverse drug reaction Drug interaction Pharmacokinetic Pharmacodynamic Polypharmacy Pharmacogenetic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Life Sciences & MedicineKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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