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Genetic testing to predict medication side effects

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications Medication side effects are a big problem. Itís estimated that about half of filled prescriptions are not taken as directed, and a major reason for this is side effects. If youíve ever had diarrhea, felt sleepy, or developed a rash after taking a new medication, you know how unpleasant side effects can be. And sometimes itís much worse than unpleasant: drug side effects can…

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