Chapter 2
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Other Questions to Ask the Doctor

  • Question MarkWhat is the name of the medication? Is it known by other names?
  • How effective has it been for other children who have a similar condition to the child?
  • How will the medication help the child?  How long before I see improvement?
  • Is this medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the child's condition?  If not, (i.e., it is being prescribed "off-label"), why is this medicine being recommended?
  • What are the side effects that occur with this medication and how will I know if the child is experiencing any of these effects?
  • What is the recommended dosage?  How often will the medication be taken?
  • Does the child need laboratory tests (e.g. electrocardiograms, blood tests, etc.) before taking the medication?  Does the child need any tests while taking the medication?
  • Will a child and adolescent psychiatrist monitor the child's response to the medication and change the dose if necessary?  Who will check the child's progress and how often?
  • Does the child need to avoid other medications or foods while taking this medication?
  • Does this medication interact with other medications (prescription and/or over-the-counter) the child is taking?