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.