Your new medicine checklist

Health & Well Being

Your doctor is prescribing you a new medicine. What should you do next?

Ask the name of the medicine.

This way, you’ll notice if the pharmacy gives you something different.

Know why you’re taking it.

You’re more likely to use a medicine correctly if you know how it’s helping you.

Be clear on how to take it.

For example, ask:

  • What side effects might I have?
  • Should I take it before, with or after meals?
  • Is there anything I should avoid while taking this?
  • What should I do if I forget a dose?

Make sure your doctor knows what else you’re taking.

Go over a list of all the prescriptions and other medicines you are taking—including vitamins and herbal products.

Read the label—and take it only as directed.

Still have questions? Follow up with your doctor or pharmacy. Never stop taking a medicine without

talking with your provider first.

Store medicines in a secure location. Keep them out of the reach and sight of kids, visitors and pets.