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Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Fill That Rx

An enormous amount of prescriptions are written every day around the world. Unfortunately, far too many people simply go to their local pharmacy and have the prescription filled without getting information from their doctor about the drug they are about to begin taking. There is nothing more important than your health. Therefore, it only makes good sense to find out everything you can about something that will soon be going into your body. Here are a few of the most important questions to ask your doctor before getting your prescription filled.

1. Why did you prescribe this particular medication for me?

You need to find out why the doctor chose to give you that specific medication. What is the intended purpose of taking it? Basically, have your doctor tell you why he or she decided to give you that medication instead of all the other options that are available. It is important that you understand your doctor's reasoning.

2. Are there any side effects?

We have all seen commercials for medication on TV where many side effects are quickly mentioned at the end. There is no question that side effects should be one of your primary concerns when you are starting to take any new medication. Have your doctor tell you all of the side effects that have been reported by people who have taken the drug you are being prescribed. If the side effects scare you, or if you are apprehensive about taking the drug, do not hesitate to ask your doctor for another option.

3. Is it safe to take along with the other drugs I am taking?

If you are currently taking any other medications, you should always disclose these to your doctor. Before writing a prescription for you, your doctor should take into account all of the other medications you are taking. However, you can't simply assume that your doctor will do this. Doctors are humans and they make mistakes. This is why it is imperative that you specifically mention the names of the medications you are currently taking while you are in his or her office. If the names of your medications are written down, your doctor may overlook them. If you actually tell them to your doctor, you will ensure that he or she prescribes a drug that will not have a negative reaction to your other medications.

4. Is there a generic drug available?

Generic medications cost very little compared to their name-brand counterparts. Medication is often very expensive, so you would be wise to always seek out a cheaper alternative if one is available. This is especially important for people who do not have any medical insurance.

5. Should certain activities, drinks or foods be avoided?

It is important to find out what exactly you can and cannot do while you are taking your medication. There are some medications which should not be taken in combination with certain types of foods or drinks. Likewise, certain activities may not be advised. You need to have your doctor make a list of these things so you are aware of them.

The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Patients should not use the information presented on this page for diagnosing a health-related issue or disease. Before taking any medication or supplements, patients should always consult a physician or qualified healthcare professional for medical advice or information about whether a drug is safe, appropriate or effective.