Medication helps you manage symptoms and stay healthy. But doctors will often need to adjust your meds to find the right dose for you. And with conditions that shift over time, like diabetes and high blood pressure, changes may be necessary the longer you are on them.
It’s completely normal to have concerns about your drug regimen. Your doctor can answer any questions you may have. To make sure you get the most out of those talks, think about what you want to discuss beforehand.
Before speaking to your doctor
Share your Livongo Health Summary Report with your doctor right before your visit. You can also print it to bring to your appointment. Bring a list of all the meds you are currently taking, including vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter drugs. Write down any concerns about meds that you may have. Here are some questions to consider:
- What is my treatment goal?
- How will this medicine help achieve my goal?
- How does it work?
- How do I take it?
- How do I store it?
- How do I get a refill?
- Are there any side effects to watch out for?
- Will this interact with my other medicines?
- What other options are there?
If you want to change your medication, your doctor is likely to ask why. Be ready to explain your reason. He or she may also want to do some tests before making a decision. The doctor will want to be sure that it’s wise to make a change.
During the appointment
Doctor visits can be short. You may feel like you don’t have enough time. But it’s your right to understand your treatment. If anything about your medication is unclear, you should ask more questions.
It can be helpful to take notes while the doctor speaks. You can even bring a friend or relative with you to listen as well. And remember, you can always make another appointment if you need more time.
After speaking to your doctor
It’s normal for your treatment plan to change. Do you have a new medication or is the dose changing? Keep track of how you’re feeling by writing it down. You can review this the next time you see your doctor.
If you don’t feel well following a change in your medication, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. A Livongo expert coach can help you stay on track with your medications or help you better manage your symptoms.
If in doubt, ask!
If you need more information after your appointment, just ask. Perhaps you need materials in a different language. Maybe another format would work better for you. You can also ask for the best way to get in touch if you have more concerns later. And remember, if anything is unclear, ask questions until you understand.