Questions About My Medicines (The James)

Questions About My Medicines (The James)

This handout gives you a few questions you may want to ask your doctors or pharmacists about your medicines. You may use this paper to write down your answers. You also can request a medicine list card to keep track of the medicines that you take.

Medicine(s) I have questions about: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


  • Who should I call for questions about my medicines?
  • Call __________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________.


  • What are the generic and brand names?


  • Can I use a generic substitute?


  • Why do I need to take this medicine?


  • How will this medicine help me?


  • How long does it take for this medicine to work?


  • What is the dose of my medicine?


  • What time of day should I take this medicine?


  • What if I forget to take a dose?


  • What are the side effects of this medicine?


  • What side effects should I report?


  • How can I decrease the side effects?


  • Do I take this medicine with food?


  • Are there foods I should not eat while taking this medicine?


  • Are there other medicines that I should not take with this medicine?
    • (Names)


  • May I drink alcoholic beverages with it?


  • Are there any restrictions on activities, such as driving, while I take this medicine?


  • How do I store this medicine?


  • How long will I need to take this medicine? When should I stop?


  • Can this prescription be renewed? Are there refills on it?


  • Remember to ask if you need the prescription written in a certain way as for a mail order prescription plan.


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© January 14, 2021. The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

This handout is for informational purposes only. Talk with your doctor or health care team if you have any questions about your care.

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