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									NPS Medicines Line 1300 888 763                                                     www.nps.org.au | www.chf.org.au
FACT SHEET



  Talking with your doctor
  or pharmacist
  Be open. Ask questions. It’s your health.



Medicines can be prescribed for many                                            ▪       What medicines you are using,
reasons. They can make you feel better,                                                 including any complementary
prevent illness altogether or stop you                                                  medicines.
getting worse. Whatever the reason, it is                                       ▪       How often.
important to understand your medicines
                                                                                ▪       When you started.
and your health. Talking openly with your
                                                                                ▪       When you stopped.
doctor and your pharmacist about your
health helps you in many ways.                                                  Ask your doctor or pharmacist
                                                                                about your medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist
about your health                                                               The following sorts of questions will help
                                                                                you understand the benefits and harms
How is your health affecting you?                                               of your medicines, and how they might
                                                                                affect your life.
This information, and more, can help
your doctor or pharmacist understand
                                                                                ▪       What is it for?
how you are.                                                                    ▪       How does it work?
                                                                                ▪       How should I use it?
Tell your doctor or pharmacist                                                  ▪       How long do I keep taking it for?
about your medicines
                                                                                ▪       When do I stop it?
The following information can help your                                         ▪       Will I feel any different?
doctor or pharmacist understand about                                           ▪       Is there anything I need to do?
your medicines and how they are affecting                                       ▪       What about side effects?
your life. You both need to have the full
                                                                                ▪       What happens if I miss a dose?
picture to make the best decisions.
                                                                                ▪       Are there any medicines I should
                                                                                        not take?




                NPS and CHF are partners in the Community Quality Use of Medicines program.
                NPS is an independent, non-profit organisation for the Quality Use of Medicines
                  funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
                   All due care is taken to provide accurate and reliable information. However, the information
                    in this fact sheet is not medical advice, so seek professional help before making decisions.
NPS Medicines Line 1300 888 763                                                    www.nps.org.au | www.chf.org.au
FACT SHEET



The following sorts of questions will help                                       Keep a list of your medicines, and ask
you understand your health, and how it                                           for written material such as Consumer
might affect your life.                                                          Medicine Information.

▪   Do you think I’m going to feel better?                                       If you need time to think, say so.
▪   Is this medicine to stop me feeling
                                                                                 You may feel your doctor or pharmacist
    worse?
                                                                                 doesn’t always understand you
▪   What can I expect to happen?
                                                                                 Sometimes that happens. Your
▪   How long will it take?
                                                                                 relationship with your doctor or pharmacist
You can make it easier to talk                                                   is like all relationships – some work better
to your doctor or pharmacist                                                     than others. It often takes time to know.
                                                                                 If your relationship with your doctor or
Before you go, write a list of the things                                        pharmacist is not working, and you have
you want to say, or the questions you                                            given it time, then you could try to talk
want to ask.                                                                     about it with them. If that doesn’t work,
                                                                                 then you can always try another doctor
Take a friend or relative.                                                       or pharmacist.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to write
down any answers or advice.




For more information

Contact the Medicines Line on 1300 888 763, or the National Prescribing Service at
www.nps.org.au, or the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia at www.chf.org.au.


Published July 2007



                 NPS and CHF are partners in the Community Quality Use of Medicines program.
                 NPS is an independent, non-profit organisation for the Quality Use of Medicines
                   funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
                    All due care is taken to provide accurate and reliable information. However, the information
                     in this fact sheet is not medical advice, so seek professional help before making decisions.


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