When taking a new drug, there is always a chance of having a side effects, some of which can be benign, and others more severe. Those with HIV/AIDS for example, will take dozens of medication, just to subdue the side effects of the drug that is actually working to keep the patient alive and the disease at bay. Scientists have been trying to decrease the number of side of effects caused by drugs though molecular mechanisms, though it is hard to imagine that a drug with virtually no side effects will develop in our lifetime.
Questions to think about:
Do you think side effects are something we have to get used to, as more and more diseases are medications for those diseases are developed? Knowing that you have a non-life threatening disorder, such as acne, that requires the use of drugs with severe side effects, would you still take those drugs, or would you be more likely to live with the disease and wait for it to wear off with age, if possible?