Important Questions to ask your Doctor Before Taking a Prescription Drug
There are many problems that do not need to be treated with prescription drugs. Things like premenstrual pain, and anxiety or depression after bereavement can sometimes be treated without prescription drugs. Over-the-counter (OTC) and balanced exercise, diet, and lifestyle can sometimes treat your condition. Sometimes the proper remedy is spending therapeutic time with family and loved ones. A recent study found that people who suffer from major depression can be helped by facing up to and solving their problems instead of hiding behind antidepressants. Make sure your doctor is certain in recommending the use of prescription medication to prevent your condition from worsening.
2. When did this drug first come on the market?
Recently approved drugs are causing more and more problems for users. Newer drugs tend to come with more side effects and a higher price tag due to drug company marketing. If you are taken off an older drug that you are used to, and put onto a newer drug, be careful. Your doctor may be testing the new drug’s effectiveness on you.
3. What kinds of substances or activities should I avoid when taking this drug?
It’s important to find out as much as you can about a drug before taking it. Sometimes doing everyday things like driving a car or having a glass of wine may not be safe when you are using medication. It is also very important that you ask your doctor if other drugs, prescription or OTC, will react with the drug being prescribed to you. Always tell your doctor about any prescription or non-prescription drugs that you use before taking another drug.
4. What will happen if I don’t take this drug?
To become aware of all possible outcomes, ask your doctor if your condition will worsen over time if you don’t take the drug.
5. Is there a Generic drug that will help me?
Generic drugs tend to be less expensive than brand name drugs. Ask your doctor for the generic brand.
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