Before a drug is prescribed, it is important for you to ask your doctor about the most serious and common side effects.

RxISK has developed 12 questions that consumers (parents, guardians or caregivers) can ask their doctor about the drug being prescribed, which will help them make an informed choice about use.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada has developed 5 questions for your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

It is also important for you to ask about alternatives to the drug your doctor is considering prescribing. It is an ethical and legal requirement for doctors to discuss the risks and benefits of alternatives with patients to obtain informed consent.