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Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Don't leave your health care provider's office until all of your concerns are addressed.

Your relationship with your doctor, including how well you talk with each other, affects your care. A good relationship — where you and your doctor share information and work together to make the best decisions about your health — will result in the best care.

In addition to bringing your medications (or a list of them) and a list of any symptoms you may have, here are some questions to make talking to your doctor more effective:

Problem

  • What is wrong (if anything)? How do you know? What caused this problem?

 

Tests

  • What tests do I need and why?
  • What do the tests involve?
  • How do I prepare for the tests?
  • When will I know the test results?
  • Will my insurance cover the cost of the tests?

 

Treatment

  • What are my treatment choices?
  • What are the benefits and risks of each treatment?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Which treatment is most common for my condition?
  • What do I do if treatment fails?

 

Medication

  • What kind of medication(s) must I take? For how long?
  • What does the drug do? Will there be any side effects?
  • What should I do if I have side effects?
  • Can I take a generic version of the drug?
  • Will the medicine interact with any I am already taking?
  • Should I avoid any kind of food or activity while taking this medicine?


Follow-Up

  • Do I need to see a specialist? Should I get a second opinion?
  • Do I need a follow-up visit?

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