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®

Generic: atorvastatin

*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.