If the side effects are severe, you should seek immediate care at a walk in clinic or emergency department. Side effects that warrant immediate medical evaluation include:
- Fainting/passing out
- Severe headache or headache with nausea
- Chest pain or tightness
- Muscle pains or aches in the upper body/torso/arms
- Mild stomach upset
- Some loss of appetite
- Mild cough
- Mild muscle aches
- what the side effects are
- when the side effects happen in relation to taking your medicine (right after, several hours later, etc.)
- how long the side effects last
- a “severity rating” of 1 to 10 for how bad each side effect is
If you’re having mild side effects, you should still continue taking your medicines until you meet with the doctor, unless instructed to stop. It is dangerous to suddenly stop taking some blood pressure medicines. With some medicines, rebound hypertension and certain central nervous system effects are possible if the medicine is abruptly stopped.
Most cases of medicine side effects either resolve on their own, or can be controlled by switching to a different medicine. Consultation with your doctor will help you determine an appropriate course of action.