New Prescription? Questions for Your Doctor, Pharmacist

Medically Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on August 18, 2021
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If you’ve been prescribed a new medication, make sure you know all about it before you start taking it. Your doctor and pharmacist can answer these important questions for you:

Questions for your doctor:

  • What type of medication is this?
  • Why do I need this drug?
  • What will this drug do for me?

Questions for your doctor or pharmacist:

  • How much do I take, how often, and for how long?
  • Does it matter what time of day I take this drug?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • What side effects should I watch for?
  • What should I do if I have a bad reaction?
  • How will this drug interact with other prescription or over-the-counter drugs I am taking?
  • How will this drug interact with vitamins, herbal supplements, or foods?
  • If I feel better before I finish the prescription, should I keep taking this drug?
  • Are there other prescription, over-the-counter, or generic drugs I could take instead?
  • What else should I know about this drug?

Questions for your pharmacist:

  • Is this medication exactly what my doctor prescribed?
  • Is there a generic option?
  • What is the name and strength of my prescription?
  • Is there anything I should avoid while taking this drug (such as driving or alcohol)?
  • How should I store this medication?