Medication Management

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Give your health care team important information, such as:

  • All medicines, vitamins, herbals and dietary supplements you are already taking.
  • Allergies to medicines.
  • Other doctors who have prescribed medicine for you.
  • If you are pregnant, may get pregnant, or nursing a baby.
  • Any other illness or medical conditions you may have.
  • If cost of medicine is a concern.

Get the facts about your medicine:

  • Ask questions about every new prescription medicine. Get the answers you need before taking your medicine.
  • If your doctor writes your prescription by hand, make sure you can read it.
  • Ask your doctor to write down on the prescription what the medication is used for.

Stay with your treatment plan:

  • Take all the antibiotics you were prescribed. It is important to take all of your medicine for as many days as your doctor prescribed, even if you feel better.
  • Ask your doctor if your prescription needs to be refilled.
  • Tell your doctor if you are having side effects or other concerns
  • Never give your prescription medicine to somebody else or take prescription medicine that wasn’t prescribed to you.
  • Ask whether you need blood tests, x-rays or other lab tests to find out if the medicine is working, causing problems, and to see if you need a different medicine. Ask your doctor to tell you what the tests showed.

To keep a record of your medicines:

Some important questions to ask before taking your medicine include:

  • What are the brand and generic names of this medicine?
  • Can I take a generic version of the medicine?
  • What am I taking this medicine for?
  • Does this new prescription mean I should stop taking any other medicines I am taking now?
  • How do I take the medicine and how often do I take it?
  • Do I need to take it all, or should I stop when I feel better?
  • How long will I be taking it? Can I get a refill? How often can I get a refill?
  • Are there any tests I need to take while I’m on this medicine?
  • When should I expect the medicine to start working? How can I tell if it’s working?
  • What are the side effects that can happen with this medicine?
  • What should I do if I have a side effect?
  • When should I tell the doctor about a problem or side effect?
  • What happens if I miss a dose?
  • What printed information can you give me about this medicine?

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