Any time your physician decides to put you on a new medical treatment, it can be stressful. We trust our doctors and the companies manufacturing the latest medical advances, but how can you be sure about whether a treatment is safe?
In recent years, millions of men in America have been put on testosterone therapy to combat a lagging libido or general loss of energy. But in January 2014, the FDA released a safety alert warning consumers of possible health risks associated with testosterone therapy.
This doesn’t happen often, but it emphasizes the importance of asking plenty of questions whenever you are beginning a new medical treatment protocol. You’ll want to talk to your doctor or pharmacist, and make sure that you have all the information necessary before beginning treatment. If you’re unsure about how to organize your thoughts, these tips may help:
Be sure to do your homework and research your medical condition. It will also be helpful to gather information on the treatment plan your physician has proposed. Jot down any questions that initially come to mind. Writing your questions down beforehand will likely help to ease your anxiety, and will allow you to better communicate and comprehend the information during your appointment.
Ask for clarification
If you’re having trouble understanding the scope of the treatment plan, or your doctor is explaining your situation in medical jargon, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. You may want to ask why the treatment is necessary, how long your physician expects you to undergo it, and what symptoms you may expect to experience.
Bring a friend or family member to your appointment
Beginning a new medical treatment can be an overwhelming experience. A close friend or family member may provide the moral support you need. This person can also be available to take notes during your appointment, and he or she can assist you in the weeks, months, or years to come while undergoing treatment.
Communicate prior treatments and conditions
If you have any allergies, make sure your physician is aware of them. It is also a good idea to remind your doctor of what treatments you are currently undergoing, and to ask if overlapping your current treatments with the new treatment will cause any undue harm.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion
If you’re feeling unsure or uneasy about the proposed course of treatment, and you’d like to hear the thoughts of another medical professional, don’t be afraid to seek out a second opinion.
If you or a family member have suffered any adverse effects from testosterone therapy or any other treatment that is new for you, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. You deserve to have all the information you need before beginning any new treatment.
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