You can report side effects to the Danish Medicines Agency from any type of medicines and herbal medicines. It is of no importance whether you bought the product over the counter or on prescription. You are also welcome to report side effects from a food supplement to the Danish Medicines Agency if you are not sure whether your product is a herbal medicine or a food supplement. If we assess that your product is a food supplement, we will make sure that the information is passed on to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, which is responsible for food supplements.
We receive reports of side effects from doctors, medicine users and relatives.
Examples of side effects
A side effect could for example be headache, stomach ache or cramps. If you are unsure about which side effects a product is known to cause, you can read the package leaflet that comes with the medicine. The package leaflet for medicines sold in Denmark is in Danish. If you need advice about side effects, you should ask a pharmacist or your doctor.
Tell your doctor about possible side effects
Generally, you should always tell your doctor if you have side effects, because when you do, your doctor can determine if your treatment needs to be changed.
What happens to the information we receive about side effects?
At the Danish Medicines Agency, we evaluate the reports of side effects that we receive. Sometimes, reports can lead to changes to the instructions on how a medicine should be used. We also share the information on side effects with the drug regulatory authorities in all EU member states. This way as many people as possible benefit from the information we gather.