Caregiver Guide: 7 Questions to Ask the Doctor About Prescriptions
Helping a family member or friend with medicine can raise many questions and concerns—especially when more than 1 medicine is involved. Your first stop for finding answers to these questions? The health care provider. Use this list of questions to get the dialogue rolling. Bring a notebook and pen with you, too—the answers can be detailed, and it’s good to take notes.
- What is the name of the medicine? What is it for and why does the person in my care need it? How can it help?
- Do you need to know any additional information about the person in my care before prescribing this medicine?
- What, if anything, should I know about or be aware of when giving this medicine?
- When and how often should I give the medicine? Try to ask specific questions. For example, if the health care provider says you should give the medicine 4 times a day, does that mean every 6 hours or 4 times during the daytime? Or, what does "as needed" mean?
- Should the medicine be taken with meals? Should it be taken on an empty stomach? Are there any foods or situations the person I am caring for should avoid while taking this medicine?
- What side effects can occur? What kinds of things should I report to you?
- What should I do if I forget to give a dose?