Your Health & Safety

A detailed discussion, with your healthcare professionals, of your medical history and the medications you take is an important aspect of quality healthcare. Don’t be afraid to ask prescription-related questions during your next doctor’s appointment.

When you are prescribed medications, ask the following questions:

  • What does the medication do?
  •  Why is it being prescribed?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What are the alternatives?  
  • Is it safe to take in combination with any other medications you may currently be taking?
  • How long you will need to take it?
  • Is it an opioid and, if so, is there a non-opioid alternative that you can try first?

Follow these general guidelines in protecting your long term health and well-being: 

  • Remain with one primary care physician who knows you and the medications you are taking.
  • Know your doctor. Do your due diligence in researching your doctor to learn about any financial relationships they may have with healthcare manufacturing companies.
  • Prepare for your appointment by thinking of questions you want to ask, making a list in advance of those questions. Take notes during your doctor’s answers.
  • Keep your doctor informed. Let them know about any other health care providers that you are seeing. Tell them about your plans, such as having a baby or embarking on a physically taxing excursion.
  • Use one pharmacy to fill all of your prescriptions.
  • Only obtain prescriptions from legitimate sources and only take prescription medications exactly as prescribed.
  • Use caution when driving or operating machinery while taking opioid medications or new medications.
  • Avoid taking medications with alcohol or illicit drugs.
  • Avoid taking extra medication. For severe or new pain, call your pain treatment provider.
  • Talk to your children, your parents and other loved ones about only taking medications that are prescribed to them.
  • Do not sell or give away opioids.

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