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What are the essential things I should discuss with my doctor?

II’s easy to feel hurried or rushed when visiting your healthcare provider. At a minimum, you should make sure you discuss:
•your medical history;
•your family history;
•your symptoms;
•your lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption, and stress;
•current medicines you take, including over-the- counter drugs;
•nutritional and herbal supplements you take;
•any side effects you have from your medicine(s), especially if it makes you feel sick or if you think you may be allergic to it.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.