Tips to make the most of your doctor visit
- Prepare ahead of time. Write down a list of your concerns and questions for discussion at your next doctor's appointment.
- Be honest. Share accurate information about your health. It might help detect or even prevent a serious medical problem.
- Make a medication list: Write down the names of your medications and their doses. If you aren't sure what they're all for, use this time to ask your doctor.
- Admit problems with your pills: Tell your doctor if you have problems taking your medications. Do you have side effects? Are they hard to swallow? Do they cost too much?
- Speak up. Don't be afraid or embarrassed to talk about a specific symptom or problem.
- Ask questions. If your doctor prescribes a new medication or treatment you don't understand, ask for explanations until you do. If you aren't comfortable with a new drug or treatment, ask about other options.
- Seek preventive care. Become familiar with screenings, vaccines, and other routine tests. Early detection is the key to good health.