I’m sure many of you watched the Late Show with David Letterman on those nights when you had trouble falling asleep.

One of the favorite segments of the program was Dave’s Top Ten on a topical subject in the news listed in reverse order.

While this need-to-know information goes from top to bottom, it can serve as a guide to the 10 questions you should ask your health professional about any medications you are taking.

Asking these questions can help make sure you are maximizing the benefits of your medicine and minimizing the risks.

What’s the name of the medicine, and what is it for?

How and when do I take it, and for how long?

What side effects should I expect, and what should I do about them?

Should I take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food?

Should I avoid any activities, foods, drinks, alcohol or other medicines while taking this prescription?

If it’s a once-a-day dose, is it best to take it in the morning or at night?

Will this medicine work safely with my other medications, including other prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and other supplements?

When should I expect the medicine to begin to work, and how will I know if it’s working?

How should I store it?

Is there any additional information I should know about this medicine?

If you would like these questions in hard copy to take to office visits, go to the website talkbeforeyoutake.org. There you will find a downloadable 4 fold brochure in English and Spanish.

If you have any other medication-related questions or topics you would like to see in the Medication Spotlight, contact us at innova-rx.net, leave your information and we will respond.

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