Many people stop taking drugs because they cost too much, didn’t seem to work or had ugly side effects. If you stop taking a drug, your health problem may get worse and wind up costing you more later. You can save yourself from going down this path by asking your doctor a few easy questions:
About your coverage
- Is the drug covered?
- Why do I need this drug?
- Will a generic work for me?
- Do I need to try a generic or other drug first?
- Is there an over-the-counter option?
About the drug
- Are there any side effects?
- How often should I take the drug?
- For how long will I be taking the drug?
- Must I avoid certain foods, drinks or other things while I’m taking the drug?
- What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
- How will the drug interact with other drugs I’m already taking?
- Do I need to wait for approval?
Talking to your doctor about the drugs he or she orders is important. You’ll feel more comfortable taking a drug that best treats your health problem and have fewer surprises at the pharmacy.