8 Questions to Ask About Your Medications

About half of us don't take our medications as directed, and it's often because we aren’t sure what we’re supposed to do. It’s even more confusing when you’re dealing with multiple prescriptions. When your loved one is prescribed a new medication, be sure to ask their doctor or pharmacist these eight questions:

  1. What is the medication's name and dosage?
     
  2. Why are they taking this medication?
     
  3. Will this medication interact with other medications or over-the-counter drugs that they are taking?
     
  4. Is there a generic equivalent or over-the-counter alternative available?
     
  5. Should this be taken on an empty stomach or with food?
     
  6. What foods or drinks should they avoid while taking this medication?
     
  7. How much should they take, when should they take it, and for how long?
     
  8. Are there problems or side effects that I should watch for when they take the medication?
     

Saving hundreds with generics

As shown in this example*, choosing generic drugs could save $243 each month.

Brand name: Lipitor®
$262/month

Generic: atorvastatin
$19/month

*Estimated average costs are not an exact calculation of your actual costs and do not reflect all of the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions that may apply to your coverage. Your actual costs will vary depending upon the specifics of your benefit plan and the particular services and supplies you receive.

Last updated: 01/01/2018

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island depends on contract renewal.

* Blue MedicareRx (PDP) is a Prescription Drug Plan with a Medicare Contract.

Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc., Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont are the legal entities which have contracted as a joint enterprise with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and are the risk-bearing entities for Blue MedicareRx (PDP) plans. The joint enterprise is a Medicare-approved Part D Sponsor. Enrollment in Blue MedicareRx (PDP) depends on contract renewal.