Friday, October 29, 2010

Trial & Error: The Dance of Trying New Medications

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Many times we leave a doctor's appointment with a new medication to try and our minds swirling with information. Hopefully you asked a few questions and got the important details from the doctor, but what else do you need to know?

Here are some important things to consider:

- Ask your doctor if there is a generic version of the prescribed medication that works as well.

- If you experience something your doctor didn't tell you to expect, pick up the phone right away and let your doctor know.

- Let your doctor know right away if you experience a dangerous side effect or problem the doctor warned you about and ask what you should do.

- Find out what to do if you miss a dose.

- Give the medication a real try. 

It can be tempting to give up when you don't get the expected result right away. Ask your doctor how you will know if the medication is helping and how long it will take to know whether it is. If you forgot to ask during your appointment, give the office a call. Write this information down so you can remember it when you're tempted to quit early for no other reason but impatience. It will also be a helpful reference when you get to the point of reevaluating the effectiveness of the medication with your doctor. 

- Use your pharmacist as an important resource.
Your pharmacist can tell you more about side effects, drug interactions, generic options and insurance coverage. You should also get written information with your prescription that can answer additional questions.

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