- is there a test to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis? - has your doctor ordered specific tests to confirm their diagnosis prior to prescribing medications? It is important to make sure what the doctor is treating is in fact what the problem is.
- is there anything you can do that is non-medicinal to treat the issue? - often changing our diets or supplementing certain vitamins can be of assistance, stopping smoking or losing weight may be other life changes that could help. It's important to understand and explore all treatment options available to you.
- is there a specialist your doctor could refer you to? - family doctors are often general practitioners meaning their practice is generalized family medicine. A specialist is trained in a specific field of medicine and will have more expertise and information regarding treatments. A second opinion is never a bad thing.
It is imperative that you ask any questions you have about the medication you are being prescribed. Make sure you understand exactly why you are taking the medication and what the medication is expected to do. With increased understanding and awareness of your medications, you will be able to make better decisions regarding your treatment.
Take good care of you