Have a new prescription? Here are 6 questions you should be asking your doctor.
Getting a new prescription from your doctor is typically met with acceptance. However, to get the most out of your time with the doctor and your new medication, take some time to ask a few important questions recommended by WebMD. These can help you learn more about the medication, how to properly take it, and what to watch out for.1
- What is the medication for? It may seem obvious, but make sure you understand the importance of the medication and how it differs from any other medications you may be taking.
- Will this medication interact with my current medications? In the case that your doctor doesn’t know about all of the prescriptions and over-the-counter medications you are taking, it’s important to check on this.
- How long will I need to take this medication? Depending on the length of time, you may need to keep a closer eye on side effects.
- What are the most common side effects, and when should I be concerned? Some side effects are common, but some can be warning signs of an emergency.
- How can I tell if the medication is working, and how long will it take for me to notice any changes? Knowing this will help you determine how and when you can confirm that a medication is right for the job.
- Is this prescription covered by my insurance? Confirming this will help you get to your medication faster without having to go through any hoops down the road. Plus, your doctor may be able to switch you to a similar option that is covered.
Next time you are about to start a new prescription, take a few minutes to run through this list. It could have a positive impact on your health and even your wallet.
For more information, visit WebMD.