Preference for a selection from the Menu of Reasonable Choice
Preference for a treatment follows a careful review of the potential risks and benefits of each option presented on the menu of reasonable choices.
Clinicians can provide a balanced summary of risks and benefits. Your review of risks should include the most common adverse effects. A more comprehensive listing can be found in the package insert that comes with prescription medications.
Preferences may also be influenced by time considerations. Make sure your care provider is aware of your time constraints (e.g. I can't risk being sleepy during exam period, I want the treatment that is most likely to work before I need to go back to work).