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A Comprehensive Look at Clinical Trials


Questions to Ask Before Joining a Clinical Trial

How often do I have to visit the study site and how long will each visit take?

What should I do if I miss an appointment?

What should I do if I miss a dose of my drug?

What are the immediate and long-term side effects of this drug?

What should I do if I get sick or get bad side effects while participating in the study?

Does the informed consent form list all of the risks and benefits?

Will the lab tests cost me anything?

Will I get the results of these tests?

Can I take nonprescription (over-the-counter) drugs or complementary therapies while I am in this trial?

Can I use prescription drugs while I am in this trial?

Can I take other experimental drugs?

Will I get any money for participating in the trial?

Will I get the study drug once the trial is over?

Will I need to return to the site once the trial is over?

How can I find out the results of the trial?

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