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Medicine questions you should ask

Before leaving your doctor's office, pharmacy or hospital with any prescription, be sure to ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist:

  • What is the name of the medicine and what will it do?
  • How often should I take it?
  • How long should I take it?
  • Should I call for prescription refills?
  • When should I take it? As needed? Before, with, after or between meals? At bedtime?
  • If I forget to take it, what should I do?
  • What side effects might I expect? Should I report them to you?
  • Is there any information about this medicine that I can take with me?
  • If this medicine doesn't work, are there others that should be tried?
  • Does this medicine interact with any of the other medicines, over-the-counter products, herbal or supplements that I am currently taking?



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts