Questions to Ask Health Care Provider


Questions to Ask Health Care Provider

  • What is the medication for and how is it going to help me?

 
 
  • How and when should I use the medication? How much do I use?

 
 
  • How long should I use it? Can I stop using the medication or use less if I feel better?

 
 
  • What should I do if I forget to take the medication or I use too much?

 
 
  • Will the medication take the place of anything else I am using?

 
 
  • When will the medication start working? How should I expect to feel?

 
 
  • Are there any special directions for using the medication?

 
 
  • Should I avoid any other medications, supplements, drinks, foods, activities, or other things while on this medication?

 
 
  • Is there anything I should watch for, like allergic reactions or side effects? What do I do if I get any?

 
 
  • Will I need any tests to check the medication's effects (blood tests, x-rays, other)? When will I need those?

 
 
  • Do I need to keep this medication in the refrigerator?

 
 
  • Is there patient information for this medication?

 
 

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Reviewed/Updated Date: May 2011
Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Rose Mary Pries, PhD
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Maureen Layden, MD, MPH; Eric Spahn, PharmD
Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Kathy Horvath, PhD

Tip of the Day

Tip of Day

Ask about aspirin. Aspirin has been shown to protect the heart by preventing clot formation. But do not start taking aspirin regularly without your Health Care Provider's approval. Besides sometimes causing stomach irritation, long-term aspirin use may increase the chance of bleeding into vital organs.

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