What questions should you ask the Doctor?When you consult a Doctor, whether a GP or a specialist, you will be asked about your problem, your health history, etc. You will then be prescribed a course of treatment and given certain medicines. Some doctors ask only a few questions, others many. What about you, as the patient? Do you ask the Doctor any questions? I personally think you should, not just accept at face value everything the Doctor advises, even if he/she is a highly reputed one.
I like to know from the Doctor -
1. Does this medicine have any side effects?
-Now, most doctors will say "All medicines have some side effect or the other" and they will ask whether you have acidity problems or an allergy. Nevertheless, I prefer to know exactly what kind of side effects a medicine will have. For example, if a tablet causes dizziness or nausea, I would definitely like to know this. I think it is essential to know properly, whether a tablet, capsule or even a syrup, because it is possible that you are having some health problem which may get aggravated by taking that medicine and it is possible that your doctor did not ask about it or it did not occur to you to mention it, thinking that it is unimportant. Keep in mind that there are tablets that cause sleepiness and these must definitely be avoided if you are driving.
2. Is the prescribed medication an antibiotic?
- The reason why this is important is that an antibiotic has a certain course, such as three days, or five days, or even a week or more. It is essential to complete the full course, even if you feel better after, say, one day of taking it.
There are other kinds of queries I put to the Doctor, which I will state later. What about you? Do you question your Doctor?