Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

How can someone know about potential side effects from taking prescription medications?

There are a few steps you can take to learn the possible side effects a prescription medication can cause, according to the Food and Drug AdministrationOff Site Icon (FDA).

The first step would be to talk to your doctor when he or she first prescribes the medication. Ask if there are any common side effects of the drug that you should know. Also, ask if there are any possible reactions or side effects that could occur because of taking a new prescription medication along with other current medications you take.

Reading the label or insert provided with the medication is another helpful way to learn about possible side effects from prescription medications, according to the FDA. Your doctor or pharmacist should be able to answer any questions you have after reading the information.

Also, you can visit the FDA’s Index to Drug-Specific InformationOff Site Icon, which provides detailed information about side effects and more on many FDA-approved drugs.

Talk to your doctor for more resources about how to know the potential side effects prescription drugs could have.

Learn more:

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices