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Basic Trope: A medical procedure that also causes damage to a patient.

  • Straight: Bob takes a medicine, and after a while, his sickness is subdued, but he develops a serious itching skin rash.
  • Exaggerated: Bob takes a medicine, feels a little bit better... and then his arms begin to rot.
  • Downplayed: Bob has an infection and he needs to take antibiotic pills to heal it. After a week, he has a diarrhea.
  • Justified:
    • Bob learns he is allergic to that medicine.
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    • Or Bob is genetically predisposed to such a reaction, and no one knew.
    • This is an experimental medicine, and Bob is participating in clinical trials. For some reason, the medicine passed the pre-clinical stage, yet no luck in this case.
    • The medicine's box reads: "Side effects may include: rash, skin itching...".
    • This medicine is from a contaminated batch.
    • The medicine's shelf life is overdue, and who knows what will happen if it's taken.
  • Inverted: Bob, a limping war veteran, takes a stomach pill. It has no effect, but his leg feels better.
  • Subverted: Afraid of a big, elaborate list of after-effects on a medicine's box, Bob takes a pill. Nothing happens...
  • Double Subverted: ...until he wakes up in the middle of the night with all his body itching.
  • Parodied:
    • "My stomach does not hurt anymore! It's a miaaaeeeeeergh...", with the sound of Bob's lower jaw hitting the floor.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob and Charlie both take pills. Bob develops a rash, Charlie does not.
  • Enforced: Bob is a protagonist of an Edutainment Show, and this episode is supposed to teach kids that not every medicine is good for everyone.
  • Averted: The medicine has no significant side effects.
  • Lampshaded: "Do you remember that time you got boils after that pill?" "Ah, yeah, I remember some pills that did gave me itches, but not that harsh."
  • Invoked: Bob is really sick, and said pills are the best (or the only) option for him. So he takes them and then suffers from rash.
  • Exploited: Bob slips a medicine to his love rival Charlie when he gets sick, so he could finally woo Alice.
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  • Defied: Bob decides to choose less risky medicine - or not take any medicine at all.
  • Discussed: Bob mentions that he's thoroughly reading the medicine's manual because he's afraid of nasty side effects.
  • Conversed: Bob talks about how an episode of a medical drama series ended with Peter the patient dying of the side effects of his treatment.
  • Implied: "By the way, do you have any medicine allergies? I need to know."
  • Deconstructed:
    • People refuse to buy this particular medicine, and pharmacological companies suffer some damage.
    • Bob is traumatized after suffering from life-threatening side effects.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Some years later, the altered formula passes clinical trials, is put to the market with another name, and is more gentle in the side effects department.
    • Later, an epidemic starts, and the said medicine is the only cure. So, people have nothing to do, but to buy and suffer from rash.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob takes a antidepressant pill, and not only does he feel better, he also can't stop laughing like a hyena for two hours.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's sudden rash attack ruins his date.

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