What Questions Should I Ask About New Medications?
Most medications are safe to use; however, all medications have certain risks from side effects to increased risk of developing life-threatening conditions. Your physician should discuss each drug with you before prescribing the drug. However, there are certain questions you should ask your physician to make sure that you are taking a medication that is effective and safe for your condition.
Questions for Your Doctor Regarding a New Medication
- Why are you prescribing this drug? Your doctor should explain why he is choosing this specific drug and why he thinks the drug will help your medical condition or illness.
- What side effects are associated with using this drug? Each drug has the potential to cause certain side effects. The side effects are generally discovered during trials and tests by manufacturers. Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to inform doctors and patients of these potential side effects.
- Is there a specific side effect that I should be concerned about when taking this drug? In some cases, a drug may have a side effect that could be dangerous or life-threatening. Some drugs require routine blood tests or other diagnostic tests to make sure that the drug is not causing further damage.
- Has the FDA approved this drug for my specific medical condition? Drugs are approved to treat very specific medical conditions. However, some companies market drugs “off-market” for other conditions. It can be very dangerous to take a drug that has not been through clinical tests to determine its effectiveness and safety for treating a certain condition.
- How should I take the medication? Some medications should be taken in the morning, at night, with meals, or without food. It is important to take the medication as directed for safety and effectiveness.
- Is there a food or other drug that can reduce the effectiveness of the drug? Citric acid, dairy, or other products can negatively affect some drugs. Make sure you have a list of things to avoid while taking this medication.
- How should I store the medication? This is another important piece of information to know when taking a new medication.
- Is there another medication that might be equivalent to this medication? In some cases, a generic version or another drug may give you the same benefits. If so, ask your doctor why he or she is prescribing this specific drug.
It is also a good idea to periodically review your list of medications with your doctor and your pharmacist. Additional information about medications are issued by the FDA, including updated safety notices, recalls, and warnings. Make sure you have the most current information for each medication you are taking.
Dangerous and Defective Medications
In some cases, you can take your medications as directed, but you can still be at risk. Some drugs are defective or dangerous because of the negligence or fraud of a pharmaceutical company or another party. If you are injured or suffer an illness while using a drug to treat a condition, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your damages.
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Our drug injury attorneys represent clients throughout the United States who have been injured by dangerous or defective drugs. Some of the cases we handle include Invokana, Pradaxa, and Xarelto.
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