Post # 1
I am on birth control and I have been experiencing a listed side effect for the past few months. This is a known side effect and is listed with the main side effects for this BC on the website. Is it worth reporting? I thought that companies like to hear from users that experience known side effects. Has anyone ever done this before? How did you report a side effect if you experienced one? Did you go through the FDA or just directly call the company?
Post # 3
I would report it to your doctor, not the company. When medicaitons are in the process of being approved they have to report all the possible side effects people using those medications have. They have already spent time and money and know that is a common side effect. At this point since the medication has already been approved there is no need to contact them directly.
Post # 4
@ieatunicorns: hmmm ok. It’s just that the FDA has a form that you can fill out so the companies can keep track of how many people report the side effects found during the testing. But it’s very long and I’m not sure if I want to get involved but I felt as though it might be a worthwhile thing to do?
Post # 5
@soyjoy222: if there is a form and you want to take the time, I think it would be a good idea. They can’t know about the true nature of side effects unless people actually experience it!
Post # 6
As someone who works in the pharmaceutical industry – if a side effect is already listed there is no reason to report it. You are telling them what they already know based on a controlled study. Your reporting it outside of a study is nearly meaningless since they already have that data from the controlled study, and they have taken the required action to inform doctors/patients. However for an UNKNOWN side effect / adverse experience, it is very important to report it since they don’t know/have data on that effect otherwise and it may require further study and publication of the previously unknown side effect (or in extreme cases, even a recall).
ETA – I do recommend making sure your doctor is aware so that your treatment can be monitored or adjusted if needed