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Medication tips

By AJ Murphy

What do I need to know about my medication?

Taking a new medicine can be a big deal. It’s important to know everything about your medicine before you take it. Here are some questions that you should ask your doctor before starting a new medication:

  • Why am I taking this medicine?
  • What does it do for me?
  • How should I take this medicine? For how long?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • Could I have an allergic reaction?
  • What should I do if I have a side effect or allergic reaction?
  • What will happen if I don’t take this medicine?

I want to know more about my medication

You should always read any information that comes with your medicine. If you have any questions, you can call your pharmacist or provider. You can also find information about your medicine on our Member Portal. Or visit, where you can search things like:

  • Interactions with other medicines
  • Medication risks
  • Medication safety
  • Generic availability

About the author

AJ Murphy is an evocative young writer who grew up in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood. AJ began his writing career at Alaska Ice Rinks Inc. in Anchorage, AK, where he also drove a Zamboni and took care of outdoor hockey rinks.

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