Prepare for your doctor appointment

Know what you want to accomplish at your doctor appointment

Prioritize what you want to discuss


1.Talk with your doctor

  Tell your doctor:

• If applicable, about the problem and symptoms you are experiencing

• If you have had these symptoms before, write down when they occur

• Recent lifestyle changes, stress, weight gain, other changes

• Write down any questions you have ahead of time


2. Write down the medications you take (or bring them to your appointment)

•      What are other options to manage my condition?

•      What else can I do to protect my health?

•      Are there restrictions I need to follow?

•      Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?


3.    What you need from your doctor Appointment

 .       Write down instructions and next steps

     Tell your doctor if you have concerns about following his/her advice and why.  

          Maybe you can both agree on a plan that seems better for you.


4. Ask if a follow-up visit is needed