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  1. Tell your life story.
    Tell your doctor about all your health conditions and all your medications, including OTC drugs, herbal products and dietary supplements such as vitamins. These can potentially cause side effects and interactions with prescription drugs. Make an updated list (download a wallet card) and bring it to your appointments, or bring all your pill bottles with you.

  2. Ask lots of questions.
    Discuss the necessity for a particular drug with your doctor and also ask about non-drug treatment options. Be sure you understand all the potential side effects and the medical risks before choosing a drug treatment.

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