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What questions should I ask my doctor about my medicines?

If you’re thinking about taking a medicine, ask your healthcare provider:
1) Are there options besides taking a medicine (such as diet or exercise) that would work for me?
2) How will it help treat my illness?
3) What are the benefits versus the risks of taking it?
4) What steps can I take to make sure it works best for me?
5) When should I follow up with you to discuss how it makes me feel and if it works for me?

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