Taking medicines - what to ask your doctorMedications - taking
Many people take medicines every day. You might need to take medicine for an infection or to treat a chronic (long-term) illness.
Take charge of your health. Ask your health care providers questions and learn about the medicine you take.
Know what medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take.
- Make a list of your medicines to keep in your wallet.
- Take time to understand the purpose of your medicine.
- Ask your provider questions when you do not know the meaning of medical words, or when instructions aren't clear. And write down the answers to your questions.
- Bring a family member or friend to the pharmacy or to your doctor's visits to help you remember or write down the information you are given.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Treatments & Medications. Last reviewed April 2016. Ahrq.gov. www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/diagnosis-treatment/treatments/index.html. Accessed March 22, 2016.