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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Prepare for your office visit by defining your goals, organizing your symptoms and making a list of questions.

Diagnosis

  • What is wrong?     
  • What causes it?     
  • How serious is it?     
  • Am I contagious?    
  • How will it affect me in the future? 

Doctor's Orders

  • What activities do I need to avoid?
  • Do I need a follow-up visit? 
  • When should I call if I’m not better?
  • Should I watch for anything special?

Medicine

  • Can you give me information about the medicine?
  • What is the medicine for?
  • How should I take it and for how long?
  • What side effects are likely? What do I do if they occur?
  • Is this medication safe to take with other medicine or dietary supplements?
  • What food, drink or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?

Tests

  • Why do I need this test?
  • What can I expect during the test?
  • How reliable is the test?
  • What if I don’t have the test?
  • How much will the test cost? Will insurance cover it?
  • How and when will I get the results?

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