Smart Decisions: Know Your Options Decisions About Medicines
See a list of
Decision Points about medicines. Decision Points are designed to guide you through key
health decisions, combining medical information with your personal values
to make a wise health decision.
The first rule of
medicines is to
know why you need each medicine before you use it. Learn the facts What is the name of the medicine, and why do
you need it? How long does it take to work? How long
will you need to take it? How and when do you take it (for example,
with food or on an empty stomach)? Are there nondrug options?
medicine information form to help you. (What is a PDF document?) Consider the risks and benefits How much will this medicine
help? Are there side effects or other risks? Could this
medicine interact with other medicines or herbal supplements that you currently
take? Ask about costs How much does the medicine
cost? Is a generic form of the medicine available and appropriate
for you? Is there a similar medicine that will work almost as well
and cost less? Can you start with a prescription for a few
days to make sure the medicine agrees with you? Talk to your doctor What are your concerns about the
medicine? What do you expect the medicine to do? Are your
expectations realistic? What other prescription and nonprescription
medicines are you taking? Do you want to try the medicine or try
other ways of treating the problem?
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 25, 2013
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