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What should I ask my doctor when getting a prescription?

Answer

You should always ask these key things when getting a prescription from your doctor:

What is the name of the drug and what is its strength?
What illness or condition does it treat?
How will I take it, how often and at what time of the day?
How will I know that it is working?
Does it need to be monitored with blood work or other tests?
What side effects might I expect and what do I do if they occur?
How long will I be taking the medication?
Is this safe to take with my other medications, including vitamins?
Are there any food issues; should I take it with food or without food?
Is it a costly medication and, if so, is there a lower cost alternative?

Ask these key things, and make sure you voice any other questions or concerns about the medication so you can leave the doctor's office confident with how to take your new prescription.

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