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.
What are the names of my medicine?
Brand name: Generic name:
What does my medicine do?
When should I start this medicine?
This medicine is prescribed by:
How long will it take this medicine to work?
What is the strength (for example, how many milligrams, written as mg)?
How much should I take for each dose?
How many times a day should I take my medicine?
At what times should I take my medicine?
Should I take it before, with, or after a meal?
Should I avoid any foods or medicines when I take it?
Should I avoid alcoholic beverages when I take it?
Are there any times when I should change the amount of medicine I take?
What should I do if I forget to take it?
If I'm sick and can't keep food down, should I still take my medicine?
Can my diabetes medicine cause low blood glucose?
What should I do if my blood glucose is too low?
What side effects can this medicine cause?
What should I do if I have side effects?
How should I store this medicine?
Page last updated February 16, 2012