Tips for Understanding Your Medicine
Be ready with questions. Write down as many questions as you can before seeing your cancer care team. Be sure to have all your questions about your medicines answered during your appointments. Questions to ask about your medicines include:
- Have any medicines been added, stopped or changed, and why?
- What medicine do I need to continue and why?
- How do I take my medicine and for how long?
- What side effects should I watch out for?
- How will I know if my medicine is working?
My Medicines worksheet to list your prescription and non-prescription medicines. Include:
- Prescription medicines (medicines ordered by a doctor)
- Over-the-counter medicines (medicines you can buy in a pharmacy or drug store without a prescription)
- Vitamins, minerals and herbals
- Eye, ear and nose drops
Tell your doctors, nurses and pharmacists about any medicines you take and if you have any allergies.
Update your doctors, nurses and pharmacists about any changes to medicines you take. This includes telling them if you have stopped taking a medicine and why. Tell them how and when you are taking your medicines.
If you get your medicines from your local pharmacy, give your cancer care team the local pharmacy's contact information.