Questions to Ask if a Health-Care Provider Writes you a Prescription

  • What is the name of the medication? Brand name and Generic name.
  • What is the strength of the pill, capsule, inhaler or gel and how much/ many do I take
  • How do I take this medication?
  • By mouth? Swallowed? Inhaled? Injected?
    • At certain time of day?
    • With or without certain foods?
    • What are we hoping this new medication will do for me?
  • When should I expect the medication to begin working?
  • What effects should the medication have on me? Good and Bad.
  • How long do I have to take this medication?
  • Will this medication work safely with other medications I’m taking?
  • What over the counter medication(s) should I avoid?
  • Will I need any tests to see if the medication is working?
    If so, what tests and how often?
  • What happens if I have side effects from the medication?
  • What happens if this medication is not covered by my insurance?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Is there a simpler dosing schedule to help me remember my medications?
  • Is there a maximum dose I need to be aware of so I don’t take too much?
    This is especially important for medications that will be used as needed.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions later on?
  • Tell your provider if you are not taking medications as prescribed on the label or if you've stopped
    taking medications.
  • Ask before taking any new prescription or over the counter medications, even things you think might be simple and no problem, to avoid unexpected interactions or side-effects.