Section C Medication has been suggested
Questions to ask the prescriber
If medication has been suggested for your relative, these questions can help you get a full picture of what would be prescribed, why, whether there are any other options, and what the process of taking the medication would be like. Remember that as a family carer, your views are important and the prescriber should address any concerns you have. Think about asking the following questions during the consultation:
- What medication is being proposed?
- Why is the medication being proposed?
- What diagnosis has been made and how it was arrived at?
- What change do you think the medication will make?
- How will we know if the medication is working?
- Is this the least restrictive option?
- What are the alternative options to medication?
- How long would the medication be prescribed for?
- What side effects are possible and how would these be monitored?
- What would happen if side effects have a negative impact on quality of life (e.g. over-sedation)?
- How often would the medication be reviewed?
- How will the medication be reduced and removed if shown not to be effective? Are there any withdrawal symptoms to be aware of?
- Where can I find accurate and clear information about this medicine?
You may want to write down all your questions and concerns so you don not forget any important points during a meeting with the prescriber.