Participating in Clinical Trials

Risks and Benefits

You may ask yourself, "Why should I join a clinical trial? Should I try something that hasn't been approved?" Asking questions is good because there are always some risks in joining a trial, but there may be benefits too.

Possible Benefits

Here are some possible benefits in joining a clinical trial.

Possible Risks

Here are some possible risks in joining a clinical trial.

Keep in mind that a few people have increased their risk of getting another condition during experimental drug trials.

For example, while testing the arthritis drug Vioxx as a treatment for colorectal polyps, researchers discovered that the drug increased the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. The drug has been taken off the market.