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Last Updated
April 19, 2017
"Talk About Prescriptions" Planning Kit for October 2005
Message for Healthcare Professionals
Ideas for Observing "Tap" Month
Ordering Your Educational Resources
Questions to Ask With a New Prescription Medicine
Questions to Ask If Your Medicine Has Been In The News

Radio Public Service Announcements
Print Public Service Announcements
Press Release
Previous TAP Observances
TAP Poster
Risk Communication Articles

Questions to Ask When You Get a New Prescription Medicine:

  • What is the name of the medicine and what is it supposed to do?
  • Is this the brand or generic name? (Is a generic version available?)
  • When do I take the medicine - and for how long?
  • Should I take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food?
  • What should I do if I forget a dose?
  • What foods, drinks, medicines, dietary supplements, or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?
  • What are the possible side effects, and what do I do if they occur?
  • When should I expect the medicine to begin to work, and how will I know if it is working?
  • Will this new prescription work safely with the other prescription and non-prescription medicines I am taking?
  • How should I store this medicine at home?

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