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Quick Tips for Your Doctor's Appointment

Before Your Appointment

  • Write down any questions.
  • Arrive early for your appointment.
  • Bring a list of your signs and symptoms.
  • Bring your health history.
  • Always bring a list of current medications, including dosages and allergies.
  • Tell your doctor about any herbal or other alternative medicines or treatments used.

During Your Appointment

  • Ask questions, especially if you don't understand what your doctor has told you.
  • If you feel the need, bring someone who can help you ask questions and help you understand and remember answers later.
  • Ask your doctor to draw pictures to help explain something.
  • Take notes.
  • Tell your doctor if you feel you need more time to make a decision on your care.

After Your Appointment

  • Call if you have questions.
  • Call if your symptoms get worse or if you have problems with medication.
  • If you had tests and haven't heard within a week, call for your results.
  • Make any appointments suggested by your doctor, for example lab, X-ray or referral to a specialist.