The side effects of a medication are a symptom.
Many people with disabilities are required to take medications to help manage their condition. Often these medications have side effects that are as troublesome as the symptoms of their disease but are necessary to lessen or contain the disease – like chemotherapy. Many have side effects like fatigue or confusion. The side effects of prescribed medications must be taken into account by the Social Security Administration in determining whether the claimant is “disabled”. It is important to let your doctor know of any side effects as this will allow the doctor to make any necessary changes in your prescription and it will also be important information that will appear in your medical records for the Social Security Administration to consider when deciding your claim.