Finding Information on Medications, Supplements, and Toxic Substances
 
This National Library of Medicine site allows you to search for information on specific prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as vitamins and herbal supplements by individual name. 
 
This list was created by the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association.  There are links to AIDS and Cancer Drug databases, package inserts, herbal and supplement information, and the PDR consumer database.
 
Information on broad classes of medications, such as antibiotics, blood thinners, antidepressants, statins, cold medicines, high blood pressure medicines, pain relievers and others that are used in the treatment of specific conditions. 
 
You'll be able to view actual labels of vitamins, herbal supplements and over-the-counter products sold both online and in retail stores such as pharmacies, supermarkets, and health food stores, allowing you to make comparisons of various products before buying.  You can search alphabetically, or by type of product or manufacturer.

This interactive tool is to help educate consumers and patients on prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as medical devices.  There are links to drug approval documents, labeling, and clinical trials. You can also apply to sit on an official FDA Advisory Committee.

An extensive list of drug-related databases and links including a section where patients can rate their experiences with any drug, look up drug prices, check interactions, and join discussion groups.
 
This site is from four major independent medical information suppliers and offers a pill identifier, interactions checker, access to the Pregnancy and Lactation Database, support groups and discussion forums, and even information about veterinary drugs.
 
This site offers some practical information to guide you in making decisions about which supplements to take; a full list of dietary supplement fact sheets;  as well as access to a number of supplement databases including PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset, a source of bibliographic citations from scientific literature on dietary supplements.
 
This group of toxicology and environmental health databases allows you to search the consequences of exposure to various chemicals, household products, and substances such as prescriptions, vitamins, and herbal supplements in a variety of different circumstances: on the job, at home, during pregnancy, and while breast-feeding.

Website provides information on herbal therapies, including adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits.
 
 
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Additional Resources
 
FamilyDoctor.org offers this site with links to Patient-assistance Programs. 
 
Another FamilyDoctor.org site that provides that can answer some common Medicare Part D questions.
 
 
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Disclaimer:  The information contained at this website is not intended to replace the care of a primary care physician, specialist, or other professional health care provider.  It is intended solely to complement  that care and is for general informational purposes only.  Any health information found on the Internet should always be discussed with your health care provider.
 
This page is maintained by the library staff of  Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP). 
 

         
     
Last updated: May 23, 2013