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5 Medical Questions and Answers You Should Know

Here's a quick Q&A for better health.

Should you keep track of your own medical history?

Yes. It helps in tracking allergies, past illnesses, medications and so on.

It's useful if you move to a new area or change doctors or health plans.

It's handy when comparing your medical and insurance bills to your own records.

When talking about current medications with your doctor, should you mention over-the-counter drugs you're taking?

Yes. List all medications, nonprescription drugs and any other herbal supplements or vitamins, including dosage amount and frequency.

Include any problems or allergies to past medications.

What should you bring to the appointment?

A list of questions regarding your symptoms and conditions

Information about any ongoing treatment

Your medical history and a list of your current medications

Bring pen and paper to take notes

A friend or family member to take notes, ask questions and act as an advocate on your behalf

WHN Tip: Always ask about things you don't understand (tests, procedures, symptoms, diagnoses, medications, etc.).

Should you use the same pharmacy each time you fill a prescription?

It's not necessary but it is wise. It makes it easier to track medications (and any reactions to meds) and other health information.

It also helps you, your doctor and pharmacist better manage your medications and overall health.

When should you seek a second opinion?

That is always up to you.

Consider a second opinion if you have been presented with a major diagnosis (heart disease, cancer, etc.) or treatment options (i.e. chemotherapy, drug therapy, surgery).

Most insurance plans cover second opinions but there may be a charge. Talk to your health insurance agent or review your policy.

The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These tips are from doctors, nurses and people who have shared their real life advice; always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any health care changes.

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