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?
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