Important Questions to Ask

  1. What is the name of the medicine and what is it supposed to do?
  2. Is this the brand name or a generic name?
  3. Is there a generic version of this medicine available?
  4. How and when do I take it – and for how long?
  5. What foods, drinks, other medicines, or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?
  6. Are there side effects? What do I do if they occur?
  7. Will this new prescription work safely with other prescriptions and non-prescription medicines I am currently taking?

* Remember to tell your health care professional the names of ALL your medications (including non-prescriptions, vitamins, minerals, laxatives, pain relievers, herbs, and sleep aids), any allergies you have, and any problems you are having with your medications.