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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Arthritis Pain Medicine

If you're making decisions about arthritis pain relief, here are questions you may want to ask your doctor:

1. What pain medication is best for me right now?

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2. Does my family and medical history make me a good candidate for this drug?

3. Is it safe to take this drug every day?

4. How long will I need to take this medication? Is it a short-term or long-term treatment?

5. When can I expect to see improvement in my arthritis pain?

6. Will this pain medicine interact with other medications I'm taking?

7. What potential side effects should I know about with this drug?

8. What can I do to decrease the risk of side effects?

9. What should I do if I have flare-ups of pain while taking this medication?

10. Is there anything else I can do to relieve my pain, besides taking painkillers?

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on August 08, 2014

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