While you trust your physician to provide quality care, it's also important to play a proactive role in your own healthcare, especially regarding new prescriptions. The more questions you ask, the more informed you'll be as a patient. Here are a few important questions to ask the next time you receive a new medication. 

Common Questions When Receiving a New Prescription

1. What does this medication treat?

You should have a full understanding of your medical conditions and treatments, especially if you're taking multiple prescriptions. Ask your doctor how the drug you're being provided works and what symptoms it's intended to alleviate. You should also ask about the treatment duration. Some medications are intended to treat issues on a temporary basis, while others must be taken over a longer period of time. 

2. Are there any special instructions?

Some drugs should be taken on a full stomach, while others are best taken at night. Some cause drowsiness and shouldn't be taken before driving a vehicle. Others can cause adverse reactions when taken with other medications and supplements. It's important that you're aware of this information before you begin a new drug regimen to make sure the medication is effective and help limit side effects.

3. What are the possible side effects?


All medications carry a risk of side effects, although they're often minor. Side effects like nausea, headaches, and lightheadedness are common ones. By knowing the common side effects of your new medication, you'll be able to recognize when an effect is not normal or expected. In the case of unusual side effects, reach out to your physician right away so you can adjust the dosage or switch medications. 

4. Will my insurance cover this?

Not all drugs are covered by all insurance policies, so it's important to understand how you will be affected financially by a new prescription. If a medication is not covered by your insurance, your doctor may be able to recommend a generic alternative. Generic drugs contain the same active ingredients as brand-name medicine and are typically just as effective but often come at a lower price. 


To discuss your medications with a physician, contact Covenant Hospital Levelland. Their physicians are dedicated to providing compassionate care to every patient. They've supported the health and wellness of residents of Hockley County, TX, since 1971 and provide a full spectrum of services. Along with prescribing medications, they also perform diagnostic testing, provide pain management, and offer therapies for chronic illnesses. Call (806) 894-4963 to schedule an appointment. You can also prepare for your first appointment by visiting them online