What are the disadvantages of participating in a clinical trial?
Just like any treatment, there are potential risks. While pre-trial testing is conducted, there may be side effects and other unexpected risks. All risks are outlined in the informed consent and are reviewed with you prior to participation. Of course, side effects differ from person to person. There is also a chance that some people may not be on active medication since some studies involve placebo, which means that some participants may receive inactive medication. If you are involved in a placebo trial, the Doctor will discuss this with you. Depending on the trial, some persons may be required to go off all active treatments for a defined period of time. Again, if this is required, you will be informed.