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Published on September 11, 2013

Let's Talk Prescriptions

September 11, 2013

Face time with your physician can feel like a precious commodity, and it pays to be prepared to make the most of it when you receive a new prescription. Syeda Ali, MD, a family medicine doctor with KishHealth System Physician Group, recommends following this advice next time your physician prescribes a new medication.

How can you prepare for receiving a new prescription?

Come to all visits prepared to listen, especially if you are experiencing a new symptom or issue. Bring a list of questions and make sure you get all the answers you need. Don’t be afraid to ask your physician to go over key points again or explain them in a different way until you feel comfortable.

What questions should you ask?

Some of the important questions to ask about a new prescription include:

  • What is this medication for, and how will help me?
  • How do I take it?
  • How long and how often should I take it?
  • How will it interact with medications I am currently taking or medical conditions that I have?
  • What side effects may I experience, and which are considered normal?
  • Does my insurance cover it? If not, is there a less expensive option?
  • Are there any alternative medications to take if it does not work?

What should you do if questions come up after leaving the office?

Review the literature that comes with your medication, and take advantage of medication counseling by your pharmacist. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach back out to your physician or make a follow-up appointment. If you need emergency assistance, call 911, or visit the emergency department at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, or Valley West Hospital in Sandwich. 

To find a physician near you, visit or call 815.786.3980, or 815.748.8300. 

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