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Prepare for your Doctor appointment

  • Give each of your doctors a complete list of every drug and supplement you take -- including prescriptions, OTCs, supplements, vitamins and herbs. Update this list at least once a year.

  • Make sure your doctor knows all of your allergies and adverse reactions to medications or substances.

  • Ask questions about your medications before you start taking them.

  • Have your doctor write prescriptions legibly and clearly to avoid errors at the pharmacy.

  • Make sure your doctor or pharmacist gives you written information about potential side effects.

  • Make sure each of your doctors has a complete medical history.