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Questions for your doctor when receiving a prescription

WebMD Medical Reference
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

Every time you’re prescribed new medication by your GP, always check you understand what the medication does and how to use it. Here’s a list of questions you may wish to ask your doctor.

  • What is the prescription for?
  • Why do I need this medicine?
  • How will this medicine affect me?
  • How much do I take, how often, and for how long?
  • Will I need a repeat prescription?
  • Does it matter what time of day I take this medicine?
  • Does it matter if I take I take it before, with or after food?
  • What side effects should I watch for and can I do anything to alleviate them?
  • What should I do if I have a bad reaction?
  • How will this medicine interact with other prescription or over-the-counter medicines I am taking?
  • How will this medicine interact with vitamins, herbal supplements, foods or drinks?
  • Should I keep taking the medication if I feel better before the course of treatment is completed?

  • What should I do if the medicine doesn’t work?
  • Are there other medications I could take instead, such as over-the-counter or generic medicines?
  • What else should I know about this medicine?
  • For women of childbearing age: Is this medicine safe to take if I am or become pregnant, or if I am breastfeeding?

A pharmacist may be able to help with a review of medication or answering any questions you may have forgotten to ask the doctor.


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Reviewed on August 08, 2016

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