1. What questions should I ask my physician when she prescribes allergy or asthma medications?
Great question!! Here’s our checklist:
- What is the name and purpose of the medication?
- When and how do I use it?
- How much do I take?
- Does it involve using another medical device such as a holding chamber, spacer, or nebulizer? If yes, how do I use and clean the device?
- What changes in symptoms can I expect when using the medication?
- What are common side effects? What if the side effects happen to me? Are there other options?
- How soon should I start noticing improvement in symptoms after using the medication? What do I do if symptoms don’t improve within that time period?
- Should I stop or continue taking previously prescribed allergy or asthma medications when a new allergy or asthma medication is prescribed?
- What should I do if I forget to take a dose of medication?
- Where should the medication be stored (i.e., in the refrigerator to keep it cool or in a place to avoid humidity, heat, or cold)?
- Are there any foods, medications, alcohol, sunshine, or other things I should avoid while using this medication?
- How will this medication affect other medical conditions I have?
- When should I schedule a follow-up visit for further evaluation?