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?