step 1. Before your appointment, make a list of things you want to talk to your provider about (like recent symptoms, drug side effects, or other general health questions). I suggest you bring this list to your appointment.

step 2. Bring any prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements to your appointment and review them with your provider.

step 3. Take notes during your appointment. Then, take a moment to repeat back to the provider what they told you. Ask as many questions you may have.

step 4. if you feel more comfortable, and if they permit, I suggest you bring along a trusted family member or friend.

step 5. Ask if there’s any written information about what was discussed, that you can take with you.

step 6. call the office if you have questions when you get home.