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Questions to Ask about Your Diabetes Medicines

Ask your doctor these questions when you get a prescription for a medicine. Make copies of this insert and use one sheet for each of your medicines.

  1. What are the names of my medicine?

    Brand name:                            Generic name:

  2. What does my medicine do?

  3. When should I start this medicine?

  4. This medicine is prescribed by:

  5. How long will it take this medicine to work?

  6. What is the strength (for example, how many milligrams, written as mg)?

  7. How much should I take for each dose?

  8. How many times a day should I take my medicine?

  9. At what times should I take my medicine?

  10. Should I take it before, with, or after a meal?

  11. Should I avoid any foods or medicines when I take it?

  12. Should I avoid alcoholic beverages when I take it?

  13. Are there any times when I should change the amount of medicine I take?

  14. What should I do if I forget to take it?

  15. If I'm sick and can't keep food down, should I still take my medicine?

  16. Can my diabetes medicine cause low blood glucose?

  17. What should I do if my blood glucose is too low?

  18. What side effects can this medicine cause?

  19. What should I do if I have side effects?

  20. How should I store this medicine?

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December 2013

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