Questions to ask about your medicines

The National Institute on Aging suggests you ask your doctor seven questions before leaving the office.

  1. What is the name of the medicine and why am I taking it?
  2. What medical condition does this medicine treat?
  3. How many times a day should I take this medicine? How much medicine should I take?
  4. How long will it take this medicine to work? When should I stop taking it?
  5. What should I do if I miss a dose?
  6. Are there any side effects I should know about? When should I call you if I am having side effects?
  7. Can I safely mix this medicine with the remedies, vitamins, and OTC drugs I am taking?

The Institute also advises that each time you visit, be sure to ask your doctor if you still need to be on all your medicines.

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