Topical treatments work best when they are used properly. Your doctor and pharmacist can help you use your medication safely and effectively and give you a better idea of what to expect during treatment. Here are a few questions to ask:
- What is the name of my medication?
- How does my medication work?
- What is the proper way to apply my medication?
- When should I expect my medication to start working?
- What should I do if my medication doesn't seem to be working?
- What side effects should I watch for and what should I do about them?
- Can the medication stain my skin or clothes?
- If my symptoms improve, should I stop taking the medication? Or should I slowly ease off the medication? Or should I check with the doctor or pharmacist first?
- How long will I need to continue taking my medication?
- If I miss a dose, what should I do?
- Are there any groups of people that should avoid this medication (e.g., pregnancy, breast-feeding, certain health conditions)?
- Are there certain foods, drinks, activities, or other medications I should avoid while I'm using this medication?
- How should I store my medication?
- Are there other things I can do (such as lifestyle changes) to help with my symptoms and prevent flare-ups?
Preparing a list of questions ahead of time can help you to remember to ask all of your questions. You can use our list as a model, and add any new questions that you may come up with. You may also want to save it on your smartphone or tablet or have a friend come to your visit to take notes.
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