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Follow-Up Questions and Side Effects

Follow-Up Questions and Side Effects

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Ask additional questions about a patient's symptoms.

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In this lesson, you will learn some additional questions you can ask patients about their symptoms, as well as how to communicate possible side effects of medications. Specifically, this lesson will cover:
  1. Más Preguntas para el Paciente (Follow-up Questions)
  2. Los Efectos Adversos (Side Effects)

1. Más Preguntas para el Paciente (Follow-up Questions)

The chart below provides some follow-up phrases for you to use once you determine what a patient's symptoms are.

English Spanish Pronunciation
For how long? ¿Hace cuánto tiempo? ah-say k'wann-toe tee-aim-poe
Is this the first time? ¿Es la primera vez? ace la pre-may-rah base
When was the last time? ¿Cuándo fue la última vez? k'wann-doe f'way la ool-tee-ma-base
You should see your doctor. Debe ver a su doctor/a. day-bay bare ah sue doke-tore/ah
You should go to the hospital. Debe ir al hospital. day-bay ear all ose-pee-tall
Call 911! ¡Llame nueve, uno, uno! ya-may noo-ay-bay oo-no oo-no
You should take... (name medicine). Debe tomar... day-bay toe-mar
Have you taken ____? ¿Ha tomado ____? ah toe-mah-doe ____

2. Los Efectos Adversos (Side Effects)

Now that you know conditions and symptoms in Spanish, it will be easy to tell your patients about the side effects of any medication.

First, skim through the medication's list of side effects to see which symptoms might be possible, and say, Esta medicina puede causar... (This medicine could cause...).

Then, you will simply fill in the blank with any symptom from the list of symptoms and conditions you learned in the previous lesson.


Esta medicina puede causar dolor de cabeza.

In this lesson, you learned about follow-up questions and phrases in Spanish that you can use to get additional information about a patient's symptoms. You also learned how to communicate the side effects of different medications to patients.

¡Buena suerte!

Source: This content has been adapted from "Pharmacy Spanish" by Stephanie Langston.