Questions to Ask about Your Diabetes Medications

Ask your doctor these questions when you get a prescription for a medicine. Make copies of this insert and use one sheet for each of your medicines.

  1. What are the names of my medicine?Brand name:

    Generic name:

  2. What does my medicine do?
  3. When should I start this medicine?
  4. This medicine is prescribed by:
  5. How long will it take this medicine to work?
  6. What is the strength (for example, how many milligrams, written as mg)?
  7. How much should I take for each dose?
  8. How many times a day should I take my medicine?
  9. At what times should I take my medicine?
  10. Should I take it before, with, or after a meal?
  11. Should I avoid any foods or medicines when I take it?
  12. Should I avoid alcoholic beverages when I take it?
  13. Are there any times when I should change the amount of medicine I take?
  14. What should I do if I forget to take it?
  15. If I’m sick and can’t keep food down, should I still take my medicine?
  16. Can my diabetes medicine cause low blood glucose?
  17. What should I do if my blood glucose is too low?
  18. What side effects can this medicine cause?
  19. What should I do if I have side effects?
  20. How should I store this medicine?

Disaster Preparedness, the Frio Pack and Keeping Cool with Diabetes. Live Interview with Lisa Katzki.

Lisa Katzki is the Chief Executive Officer of ReadyCare (, an emergency preparedness company that is also the national distributor for the FRIO insulin cooling wallet ( In addition, she is the Medical Operations Supervisor for Buena Vista CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), a Walnut Creek CERT instructor, Disaster Preparedness and CPR/First Aid instruction for the American Red Cross and a Registered Nurse and Public Health Nurse. Lisa brings over 20 years of experience teaching Health and Safety classes as well as personal preparedness and welcomes the opportunity to work with the Diabetes Hands Foundation community.