10 Questions To Ask About Your Medications

October is National “Talk About Your Medications Month” and understanding your medication labels is vital to maintaining your health.

Consider these 10 questions when talking to your provider about medications.

  1. What’s the name of the medicine and what is it for?
  2. How and when do I take it and for how long?
  3. What side effects should I expect and what should I do about them?
  4. Should I take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food?
  5. Should I avoid any activities, foods, drinks, alcohol or other medicines while taking this prescription?
  6. Is it best to take it in the morning or at night?
  7. Will this medicine work safely with my other medications, including other prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and other supplements?
  8. When should I expect the medicine to begin to work and how will I know if it’s working?
  9. How should I store it?
  10. Is there any additional information I should know about this medicine?

If you’re unsure about the medications you take and why or would like to have a no-cost medication review, contact Dr. Phillip Masters, Clinical Pharmacist, at (641) 774-8103.