What to Ask Your Doctor?

  • What is the name and purpose of the medication?

  • When and how do I use it?

  • How much do I take?

  • Does it involve using another medical device such as a holding chamber, spacer or nebulizer? If yes, how do I use and clean the device?

  • What changes in symptoms can I expect when using the medication?

  • What are common side effects? What if the side effects happen to me? Are there other options?

  • How soon should I start noticing improvement in symptoms after using the medication? What do I do if symptoms don’t improve within that time period?

  • What should I do if I forget to take a dose of medication?

  • Where should the medication be stored (i.e., in the refrigerator to keep it cool or in a place to avoid humidity, heat, or cold)?

  • Are there any foods, medications, alcohol, sunshine or other things I should avoid while using this medication?

  • How will this medication affect other medical conditions I have?

  • When should I schedule a follow-up visit for further evaluation?