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Questions to Ask Before You Take Meds

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?
  • There are more questions you may want to ask, so

  • 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?
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