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Sample Questions About Medications

Often the treatment for a medical condition involves taking medication of some kind. Below are sample questions you may want to ask about prescribed or over-the-counter medications, including vitamins and herbs.

  • What is the name of the medication?
  • Why am I taking it? What does it do?
  • Does it have any side effects?
  • Will it interact with other medicines, vitamins or herbs I am taking?
  • How will I recognize negative reactions or effects? What should I do if I experience any of these?
  • Are there other choices? Is there a generic?
  • Do you have samples that I can try? (Really, it's OK to ask this!)
  • Are there ways to treat my condition without medication?
  • What will happen if I don't take the medicine?
  • How much better will I feel after taking the medicine?
  • How long until I feel better taking this medicine?
  • How should I take it? How often should I take it?
  • How long will I need to take it?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • If you have any allergies, especially to unusual things, you might ask: What is the medication made from?

Are there other questions or topics you want to discuss about medications that are not listed here? If so, please write them down on your PACE Guide Sheet.

You will have the opportunity to print these and other sample questions later.

Table of Contents

Presenting Detailed Information
Guidelines for Reporting New or Changed Symptoms
Tips About Medications
Medication Record Form
Stating What You Expect
Asking Questions
Sample Questions About Diagnosis and Prognosis
Sample Questions About Tests or Procedures
Sample Questions About Medications
Sample Questions About Other Treatments
A List of All Sample Questions
Checking Your Understanding of Information
Expressing Concerns
Tips About Making Appointments
Tips About Medical Records