Oftentimes we go to the doctor and he or she prescribes medication. A lot of times we just go and pick it up and read the directions and start taking it. It has dawned on me, however, that this is a bit reckless, as most of the time I have no idea what I am putting in my body. The American Heart Association has come up with a list of questions you may want to ask your doc (or pharmacist) before you start popping pills.
- What is the name of the medicine?
- Is this the brand or generic name?
- What is the medicine supposed to do?
- How and when do I take it, and for how long?
- What foods, drinks, other medicines or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?
- What are the possible side effects?
- What do I do if they occur?
- Is there any written information available about the medicine?
- What happens if I miss a dose of my medicine?
- How often will I have to get the medication refilled?
- How will I know that my medication is working?
- What are the risks of taking this medication?
- What are the risks of NOT taking this medication?
- Are there less expensive medications for my condition?
There are more questions you may want to ask, so read more