Importance of asking information from the Doctor about prescriptions givenThe Doctor, whether a GP or a specialist will give you a list of medications you need to take for a health problem. The one thing they generally do ask is if you have any allergies before prescribing medicines. However, do you simply accept the sheet of paper and leave the consulting room? If you are a patient in the hospital (God forbid!), do you/your relatives inquire about the medicines?
In my case, whenever the Dr. writes something, I clarify the following:
1. The name of the medicine if the handwriting is not legible - this, I feel, is really essential as quite often the pharmacist will also not understand what is scribbled!
2. The medicine is a tablet or a capsule? The Dr. usually does write 'Cap' or 'Tab', but I like to confirm this anyway.
3. In case the Dr. has not written it - what is the power? e.g. 25mg/50mg, etc.
4. If it is a syrup and the Dr. has not specifically said how much to take, then I will ask if it is one or two teaspoons and also if it can be taken as it is or it should be diluted with water.
5. Though written, I clarify clearly if the medicine is to be take before or after breakfast/lunch/dinner/just before bed-time. I also clarify about morning medication - if it is stated to take on an empty stomach, then how many hours before breakfast? For example, a tablet may need to be taken 1-1/2 hours before breakfast for better absorption by the body.
6. Is the medicine an anti-biotic?
7. Most important: does the medicine have any side effects? e.g. Loose motions, nausea, tremulousness, etc.
So do you put such queries to your Dr.? Do you just accept the prescription because the Dr. is, perhaps, a renowned one so you feel embarrassed to ask in the first place?