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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Doctors aren't required to disclose off-label drug use to patients, and doctors, say doing so would be impractical.

So it's important for patients to understand the difference between on- and off-label prescribing.

It is recommended asking your doctor the following questions whenever you are given a prescription: 

 

  • Is the medication used on- or off-label?

  • What is the evidence behind your decision to prescribe this to me?

  • How certain are you that I am likely to benefit from this medication?

  • If the drug is being used off-label, you may want to check with your insurance company to make sure it's covered. You might also consider asking your doctor if there are any clinical trials studying the off-label use in which you could enroll. A number of clinical trials are being done to test the safety and effectiveness of off-label drug uses.