Prescriptions: Questions to AskPrescription Drugs
An important part of taking charge of your own health is about asking the right questions of your doctor. Dr. You should be well informed about your health, and you should make sure you fully understand the recommendations you receive from your doctor. That’s especially important when it comes to your prescriptions. When you talk with your doctor about the prescription drugs you take – or could potentially take – there are a few important questions you should consider asking.
Is there a generic version?
What condition does this medication treat?
How and when should I take it?
Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Are there foods, drinks, or activities I should avoid when taking it?
Is it safe to take this medication with other medications?
How soon will it start working?
What should I do if I miss a dose?
Will any tests be necessary while I’m taking this medication?
Did you know that about 65% of Americans over the age of 60 take three or more drugs per day? And almost 40% require five or more drugs per day. That’s a lot of medicine. Medications can be extremely helpful when they are taken as prescribed, but it can be confusing to your doctor, and dangerous for you, when you don’t. In this lesson, Dr. Reed Tuckson shares recommendations for helping you manage your medications.