Preparing for your appointment

By 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?
Oct. 11, 2012

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