- Help your doctor and yourself by being an active part of your health care team.
- Make sure that all of your doctors know about everything you are taking. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbs.
- At least once a year, bring all of your medicines and supplements with you to your doctor.
- When the doctor writes a prescription make sure you can read it.
- Ask for information about your medicines in terms you can understand—both when your medicines are prescribed and when you receive them.
- What is the medicine for?
- How am I supposed to take it and for how long?
- What side effects are likely?
- What do I do if they occur?
- Is this medicine safe to take with other medicines or dietary supplements I am taking?
- What food, drink, or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?
- When you pick up your medicine from the pharmacy, ask the following: Is this the medicine that my doctor prescribed?
- If you have any questions about the directions on your medicine labels, ask.