Your Medicine: Questions To Ask Before Taking Medicine

You can learn more about how to take medicines safely by reading this guide. It answers common questions about getting and taking medicines and has handy forms that will help you keep track of information.

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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Current as of April 2011
Internet Citation: Your Medicine: Questions To Ask Before Taking Medicine. April 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/diagnosis-treatment/treatments/safemeds/yourmedques.html