For Pharmalot, Ed Silverman reports on a recent study suggesting that people do not pay attention to the risk information on prescription drugs.
Doctors often don’t either!
I told both my primary physician and psychiatrist about side effects I had from of a range of prescribed psych drugs and was told I was imagining them and a note was made that I was medication “non-compliant”. Among the drugs were: Ambien (notorious now, but new on the market at that point), Prozac, Effexor, and Olanzapine. All have well recognised side effect profiles which can be decidedly dangerous, but convincing my doctors that I might suffer a side effect was impossible. General response was to recommend increased dosage!
It would be interesting to see similar research done on prescribing doctors.