Seven Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Taking
A Prescription Medicine

by Dr Vernon Coleman and Donna Antoinette Coleman

Patients have a right to know what they are taking - and why. Don't be shy. Here are some questions you should ask your doctor.

1. What is this medicine for?

2. How long should I take it? Should I take it until the bottle is empty or until my symptoms have gone?

3. What should I do if I miss a dose?

4. What side effects should I particularly watch out for? Will it make me drowsy?

5. Am I likely to need to take more when these have gone? Should I arrange another consultation?

6. Are there any foods I should avoid? Should I avoid alcohol?

7. How long will the medicine take to work - and how will I know that it is working?

Copyright Vernon Coleman and Donna Antoinette Coleman 2005

Taken from Health Secrets Doctors Share With Their Families by Vernon Coleman & Donna Antoinette Coleman, published by the European Medical Journal at 12.99 and available from all good bookshops everywhere.