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8 Questions to Ask About Your Medications

Pharmacist handing medication to a patient

About half of us don't take our medications as directed, and it's often because we're confused about what to do. That's why it's a good idea to ask your doctor or pharmacist these eight questions:

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

Saving hundreds with generics

As shown in this example, you could save over $243 each month by choosing a generic of a common cholesterol drug.*

Brand name


*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.