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As a verb, to do; to produce; to make; to bring to pass; to execute; enforce; accomplish. As a noun, that which is produced by an agent or cause; result; outcome; consequence. The result that an instrument between parties will produce in their relative rights, or which a statute will produce upon the existing law, as discovered from the language used, the forms employed, or other materials for construing it. The operation of a law, of an agreement, or an act. The phrases take effect, be in force, and go into operation, are used interchangeably.

In the plural, a person's effects are the real and Personal Property of someone who has died or who makes a will.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

EFFECT. The operation of a law, of an agreement, or an act, is called its effect.
     2. By the laws of the United States, a patent cannot be granted for an effect only, but it may be for a new mode or application of machinery to produce effects. 1 Gallis. 478; see 4 Mason, 1; Pet. C. C. R. 394; 2 N. H. R. 61.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Possible side effects: Fever, irritability, decreased appetite.
Their results suggested that a low dosage regimen could control symptoms as well as the standard regimen, with much reduced side effects and improvement in instrumental and interpersonal role performance.
Although BCG toxicity is commonly reported after intense regimens, very severe side effects may also be seen after only a few instillations.
In addition to these more common side effects, chemo drugs may cause mouth sores, a dry mouth and skin, diarrhea, decreased libido, changes in your sense of taste and smell, pain, and flu-like symptoms.
Other side effects associated with diuretics may include low blood pressure, resulting in feelings of dizziness when rising quickly from a prone or seated position, frequent urination, fatigue, dehydration, weakness, depression and irritability, reduced sexual function in men, muscle cramps, elevated levels of uric acid that increase risk for gout, and a low ratio of electrolytes to water that can interfere with cell formation in the body and brain.
I still get asked for drugs "without any side effects" and try to explain that there is no such thing and never will be.
Using a Likert scale, participants rated their knowledge and comfort level in counselling patients regarding ADT side effects; they also indicated the frequency of these patient discussions.
Side effects are not pleasant to experience but did you know that you can help to build up vital information by reporting your side effect to the Yellow Card Scheme?
Suffice it to say, this litany of side effects is useless to the average consumer.
Although the side effects of the two formulations (DMPA-IM and DMPA-SC) have been studied in adult women, this is the first study among adolescents, Dr.
Media reports questioning the safety of statins are raising concerns about side effects such as muscle pain.
If a side effect is thought to be due to statins, your physician may instruct you to stop taking the drugs for several days to see if your symptoms improve.