The best way to deal with medication side effects depends with the specific side effect, explains WebMD. If the patient experiences hives, loss of consciousness, trouble breathing, or swollen lips, tongue and throat, he should call the doctor as these are symptoms of an allergic reaction.
It is important for patients to talk to the doctor about their medication in order to know which side effects to expect and how they can manage them, explains WebMD. For constipation side effects, the patient should consume lots of water and foods that have a lot of fiber. If the side effect is diarrhea, they should consume foods that have little or no fiber. If the side effect is drowsiness, the patient can ask the doctor if they can take the medication at night. For nausea, the patient can take peppermint candy or bland foods.