Medications - taking
Many people take medicines every day. You might need to take medicine for an infection or to treat a chronic illness.
Take charge of your health. Ask questions and learn about the medicine you take.
When your doctor prescribes a medicine, find out about it. Ask questions, such as:
Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse about the right way to take your medicine. Ask questions, such as:
Ask about how you will feel.
Ask if this new medicine fits in with your other medicines.
Ask if your new medicine interferes with eating or drinking.
Ask other questions, such as:
Call your doctor or pharmacist if:
Your medicine: Be smart. Be safe. Patient Guide. AHRQ Publication No. 11-0049-A, April 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD, and the National Council on Patient Information and Education, Rockville, MD. Accessed May 10, 2014.
NIH Senior Health. Taking medicines safely. January 2011. Accessed May 10, 2014.
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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