Questions to Ask the Doctor About Medications
can be expensive, confusing to use,. and have undesirable side effects.
Make sure to ask questions when medicines
are prescribed and prescriptions are filled.
the doctor a list of all medications the person in your care is now
eye drops and vitamin supplements.
the doctor of any other therapies; sometimes combinations may be
deadly or may keep the new
therapy from working.
the doctor of any allergies or food sensitivities the person may
why each medication is needed and how much will it help the person's
if it is possible to relieve pain almost completely, then seek the
medicine that is the most effective.
how long the drug takes to work.
out its side effects.
if the drug could react with other drugs and what you should do if
side effects occur.
out if other approaches could be used (changes in diet, exercise,
stress reduction techniques, etc.).
a confused elderly person, ask for medicines that can be taken easily.
many medicines are needed, ask the doctor to prescribe them so
they can be taken at the same
times each day.
If a drug must
at a difficult time (e.g., in the middle of the
night), ask about another choice.
* Try to find the lowest cost alternative. Ask
if a generic drug or another brand within the
class is available
sure that the generic drug will not have an adverse effect on the
if a lower dose can be prescribed without adverse effects.
keep costs down, ask if a higher dose can be safely \ prescribed
if you can buy just a one-week supply of a new medication until you
know if the
to Ask the Pharmacist
caring for a Medicare patient, ask about the government's maximum
allowable charge for
what over-the-counter drugs the pharmacist recommends for the
may be necessary to
take more of the
if it is over the counter.)
if the HMO plan will pay for the drug the doctor ordered.
if the personal doctor will be called to approve the
out the generic substitute for the prescription drug.
if the generic substitute can cause adverse side
effects and when
if the multiple drugs prescribed can
if the pharmacy has a computer which
before the prescription
out the risks of not taking the
out the risks of not finishing
you are caring for someone
will be taking
of his own , seek
out a pharmacy
if the medicine can
be put in
a label in
if an overdose
if the person
or drink alcohol