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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 side effects?

  • 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?


Updated 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