Helpful Insights forPatients and Caregivers
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Be honest and open when discussing concerns with your doctor. Choosing the right medication and dose should be based on each individual’s needs. Your doctor will choose a medication based on:

  • Symptoms you currently have
  • Age
  • Sex or gender identity
  • Allergies or problems you had with medications
  • Other health conditions you have
  • Other medications you take
  • Medications you have tried and how these worked for you
  • If anyone in your family is or has been on any medication that has helped symptoms you have
  • How regularly you take your medication(s)
  • Cost of medications and insurance
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant

Resources

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