Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Your primary care doctor may be able to help you overcome a prescription drug abuse problem. However, if you have an addiction, your doctor may refer you to an addiction specialist or to a facility that specializes in helping people withdraw from drugs.
What you can do
To prepare for your appointment, make lists of:
- All the medications you're taking, including the dose and how often you take each one, as well as over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements
- Any symptoms you may be experiencing
- Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes
- Questions to ask your doctor
Questions to ask your doctor may include:
- What are my treatment options?
- How long does it take for treatment to work?
- Should I see a specialist?
- How can we manage my other health conditions during treatment?
- Do you have any brochures or other printed material I could have? What websites do you recommend?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and may ask these questions:
- How long have you had this problem?
- What, if anything, prompted it?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Do you have a past history of drug abuse or addiction?
- Has anyone in your family had a history of drug abuse or addiction?
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