Prescriptions: Questions to Ask

Prescriptions: Questions to Ask

Prescription Drugs
Lesson 1.3

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?