Your pills’ nasty side effects are not as rare as you think – whether it is ‘menopause’ from thyroid drugs, hair loss from statins or even torn tendons from antibiotics

Everyone knows medicines can have side effects. But do you know the possible downsides of the pills you take regularly? One Briton in five over the age of 65 takes at least seven different medications, a report revealed last week. And a startling 86 per cent of this age group take at least one prescription medication.

Today, information leaflets inside boxes of tablets list just about every possible negative effect they can have. But studies show that fewer than half of patients read them.

It’s no surprise, then, that side effects often go unreported – because patients have no idea that symptoms are connected to their pills.

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