What to do if you experience a side effect

Always discuss any side effects with your health professional. If there are any side effects you can’t cope with, there may be things your health professional can do to combat them, such as reduce the dose of your medicine, or switch to another treatment.

When you are finding out about side effects, remember to weigh these up against the benefits of the medicine, when you make any choices about treatment. See What will the medicine do for me?

Adverse Medicine Events Line

The Adverse Medicines Events (AME) Line lets you report and discuss side effects that might be related to your medicine. The side effects of your medicine — but not your personal details — are reported to the Australian medicines regulatory agency — the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This information helps to improve the safe use of medicines. You can call the AME Line on 1300 134 237 (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm EST).

The AME line is not for emergencies. If you have concerns about your medicines arising from an overdose or suspected poisoning, call the Poisons Information Centre, 24 hours a day on 13 11 26. For general emergencies call 000.

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