Managing Your Medicines

When you take medicines, it's important to follow your doctor's instructions and to ask about any worries you have. The checklists below can help you talk about medicine problems with your doctor and give all the personal medical information your doctor needs to prescribe the right medicines for you.

What Your Doctor Needs to Know

When you have an appointment with your doctor, share information about how you feel and the medicines you take. This will help your doctor find the problem and prescribe the right medicines. The following questions can help you prepare for your appointment.


Medicines you are taking

Current health problems

What life-long or other health problems do you have? (For example, diabetes or heart disease).

Allergies or reactions

Your concerns

What are your questions or worries? Write them down before your visit so you don't forget to ask. Keep a diary or journal for a week before your appointment. Write down the times you have a problem and what you're doing when it happens.

What You Need to Know

It's important that you have information about each medicine you are taking and know how to take it correctly. When you are given a prescription, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist the following questions:

General Guidelines

You should:

Things to avoid:

Clinical review by Dan Kent, RPh
Group Health
Reviewed 03/01/2014