Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe. (with wallet card)

Questions To Ask Before Taking Medicine

1. What am I taking this medicine for?
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2. What are the brand name and generic name of this medicine?
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3. Can I take a generic version of this medicine?
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4. Does this new prescription mean I should stop taking any other medicines?
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5. How much of the medicine should I take and how often do I take it? If I need to take it three times a day, does that mean at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or every 8 hours? Do I need to wake up in the middle of the night to take it?
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6. Do I need to take it all, or should I stop when I feel better?
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7. How long will I be take it? Can I get a refill? How often can I get a refill?
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8. How should I store my medication? Do I need to keep it in the refrigerator?
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9. Are there any tests I need while I�m on this medicine?
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10. When should the medicine start working? How can I tell if it�s working?
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11. Are there foods, drinks (including alcohol), other medicines, or activities to avoid while I'm taking this medicine?
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12. What are the side effects? When should I tell the doctor about a problem or side effect?
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13. What should I do if I have a side effect?
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14. What happens if I miss a dose?
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15. What printed information can you give me about this medicine?
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Page last reviewed July 2015
Internet Citation: Questions To Ask Before Taking Medicine. July 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/diagnosis-treatment/treatments/safemeds/yourmedques.html