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Ask the following questions if your doctor recommends a new medicine for your health condition.
Brand name (trade name):
Generic name (chemical name):
What will the medicine do (for example, decrease blood pressure)?
Why do I need this medicine?
Are there any other medicine or treatment options?
How much does the medicine cost?
Is a generic form of the medicine available and appropriate for me?
Can I start with a prescription for a few days to make sure the medicine agrees with me?
How is the medicine taken (for example, orally [by mouth] or through a skin patch)?
What amount do I take each time (dose)?
How often should it be taken (for example, 3 times a day)? When?
Should I take it with or without food?
What should I avoid while taking it (for example, certain foods, activities, other medicines, or alcohol)?
Will it interact with other medicines I am currently taking or other medical conditions? Yes___ No __ If yes, what might occur?
What are the common side effects (those that do not usually cause problems)?
What side effects should I report if I experience them?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
How long will I need to take this medicine (days, weeks, months)?
How will I know that the medicine is helping?
What is the next step if this medicine doesn't work?
Current as of:
February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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