Adverse Reactions

An adverse reaction is defined as any unpredictable, unintended, undesirable, or unexpected biological response that a patient may have to medications. Below is a list of the some of the possible common adverse reactions that could be experienced when starting a new medication:

  • Headache, tremors, dizziness, muscle spasms, confusion
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Skin rash or flushing
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure), Hypertension (high blood pressure), arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), tachycardia (high heart rate), or bradycardia (low heart rate)
  • Shortness of breath, dyspnea (difficulty in breathing), or respiratory depression (slowed breathing)

If an adverse drug reaction is reported to our clinical staff, the pharmacist will do a complete clinical assessment with the patient. Based on his/her clinical judgment, a plan of action will be formulated. This plan of action could include counseling on common preventative measures if a known and manageable adverse reaction is reported or contacting your physician to obtain instructions which may involve modifying the dosage or discontinuing the medication completely.

Should you have questions outside of normal business hours, please feel free to leave a message on our secure and confidential voicemail at 651-255-8480. Messages will be checked the next business day. Urgent after-hours’ needs should be directed to your primary Minnesota Oncology clinic where the on-call staff will assist you.

Feel free to contact us with questions by calling 651-255-8480 or coming to the pharmacy located at 1580 Beam Ave., Maplewood, MN 55109.