What are the drug's brand and non-brand (generic) names?
What is the active ingredient?
Is a generic version available? If so, can I take one?
How and when should I take it?
How much do I take?
How long should I use it?
What should I do if I miss a dose or use too much?
When will the medicine start working? How should I expect to feel?
Are there any special directions for using this drug?
Should I avoid any other medicines, dietary supplements, drinks, foods or activities when taking this medication?
Should I watch for allergic reactions or side effects? If so, what are the most common ones?
If I experience an allergic reaction or side effect, what should I do?
Will I need any tests to check the medicine’s effects (blood tests, X-rays, etc.)?
When will I need the tests?
How and where should I store this medicine?
Originally printed in EpilepsyAdvocate, Fall 2015.