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Work with Your Doctor to Stay Healthy

Staying healthy takes teamwork.  Get regular checkups, and work with your doctor to catch and treat any problems early.  Follow these tips to make the most of your next visit:

Before your visit:

  • Write down any questions that you have.  Once you’re in the office, it’s easy to forget what you wanted to ask.
  • Make a list of all of the medicines you take.  Include prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements.  Share this list with your doctor during the visit.

During your visit:

  • Ask the questions you wrote down before your visit.
  • Take a notepad and pen.  Jot down notes so that you won’t have to remember everything your doctor said.
  • Bring a family member or friend.  This person can help you take notes or remind you of what the doctor said.  This person may also think of other good questions to ask.
  • Ask your doctor to explain anything you don’t understand.

After your visit:

  • Keep your doctor’s number handy.  If you think of questions later, call and ask.
  • Put your next visit on your calendar.

 

 
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