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What questions can I ask my doctor about these medications?

Ask your doctor for clarification on anything you don’t understand. Communication supports shared decision-making and improves treatment outcomes.

  • What is the name of the medication? Are there generic versions? Are different brands all the same?

  • What is the medication supposed to do? How it can help address the symptoms?

  • Why are you recommending this medication for my child over other ones on the market?

  • How and when should my child take it?

  • How much should my child take?

  • What if my child cannot swallow a pill, are there any other options?

  • What should I do if my child misses a dose?

  • When and how should my child stop taking it?

  • Will it interact with other medications my child is taking?

  • Does my child need to avoid any types of food or drink while taking the medication? What should they avoid?

  • Should it be taken with or without food?

  • What are the risks of drinking alcohol or using substances while taking this medication?

  • What are the side effects? What should I do if my child experiences them? What signs/changes (physical, feelings, daily routines) in our child should we be aware of while they are on psychiatric medications?

  • How can I explain the possible effects of taking psychiatric medications to my child?

  • What should I do if I suspect my child is not taking their medication as prescribed?

  • Is there a handout regarding the medication for me to take home?

  • Where can I find more reliable information about the psychiatric medication or who can I talk to if I have concerns/questions about the medications?

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