Childhood Cancer

Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

Questions to ask the doctor

Before giving your child any drug, you should be given answers to the following questions:

  • What is the dosage? How many times a day should it be given?
  • Should the drug be given at a particular time of day or under specific conditions (e.g., on an empty stomach or before bed)?
  • What are the common and rare side effects?
  • What should I do if my child experiences any of the side effects?
  • Will the drug interact with any over-the-counter drugs (e.g., Tylenol®), foods, or vitamins?
  • What should I do if I forget to give my child a dose?
  • What are both the trade and generic names of the drug?
  • Should I buy the generic version?
  • Will you give my teen detailed counseling about the risks associated with drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or marijuana, or getting pregnant while using this drug?