Here are questions to ask your doctor before taking prescription pain medication:
Is there an equivalent generic available, and what is the dosage?
How should I take it? (For example, some medicines should be taken with food.)
What are the side effects, and how will I know if a side effect is beginning?
Could I try to prevent a side effect?
Here is a list of all the medications I'm taking already -- will there be any harmful interactions?
Should I stop taking my over-the-counter medicines or herbs?
What should I do if the medication doesn't work? Take more? Stop taking it?
Should I take this all the time, or just when needed?
Can I abruptly stop taking the medication?