The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and professional organizations recommend that the patient or a family member ask the following questions when a medication is prescribed:

  1. What is the name of the medication, and what is it supposed to do?
  2. How and when do I take it, and when do I stop taking it?
  3. What foods, drinks, or other medications should I avoid while taking the prescribed medication?
  4. Should it be taken with food or on an empty stomach?
  5. Is it safe to drink alcohol while on this medication?
  6. What are the side effects, and what should I do if they occur?
  7. Is a Patient Package Insert for the medication available?