Is this side effect normal?

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We’re all familiar with the possibility of side effects when we take prescription pills. But did you know that other health-care tools can also cause concerns? For example, medical devices— everything from pacemakers to prosthetics to bandages—have also been linked to adverse reactions.

Canadians rely on medical devices to maintain and improve their health and well-being. Canada has one of the best regulatory systems in the world for medical device safety. But while all medical devices and medications have benefits, they can also have risks and potentially serious side effects.

The more you know about your medical device and the more you talk to your health-care professionals, the easier it is to avoid problems. It is important to go to all of your medical appointments and to talk to your team of care professionals—including doctors, pharmacists, nurses or physician assistants—about your medical conditions, the medications you take, the medical devices you use and any health concerns you have.

It may help to make a list of comments, questions or concerns before your visit or call. Also, think about having a close friend or relative come to your appointment if you are unsure or if you would like someone to help you understand or remember answers to your questions.

It’s important to report any adverse reactions or side effects, as reporting can help identify problems so that they can be addressed. Any incidents related to medical devices should be reported to your health-care provider, Health Canada, and the device’s manufacturer.