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Can I leave a clinical trial after it has begun?

You can stop being in the clinical trial whenever you want, and you can even stop taking the treatment and remain in the clinical trial. Just tell the doctors that you want to stop. It will help the doctors and researchers if you let them know why.

It is helpful if you are able to stay in the trial until the end in order for doctors and scientists to learn as much as possible about the new treatment. If the new treatment improves the way you feel, it could help other people suffering from certain medical conditions in the future.

A clinical trial is a research study that uses human participants to test the effectiveness of a medical innovation, which could be a new medication, medical device, procedure or other treatment. As a participant in a clinical trial, it is your right to leave the trial if you wish. You can leave the clinical trial at any time after it has begun. When withdrawing from the trial, you should let the research team know about it and your reasons for leaving the study.

Some people think that once they start a clinic trial, they won't be able to leave it. Participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary. You may choose to withdraw from the trial at any time.

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