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What questions should I ask my health care provider before taking a new medication?


Before taking a new medication, always ask:

  • What is the name of the medication, and what is it for?
  • How and when do I take it, and for how long?
  • What are the side effects, and what should I do if they occur?
  • Is this medication safe to take with other over-the-counter or prescription medication or dietary supplements that I am currently taking?

If you don't understand the answers, always ask for an explanation.

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Last Updated: 04/22/2008