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About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

This resource provides evidence-based information on herbs, botanicals, supplements, and more. The user can search for a term or browse the A – Z index of terms. After searching for or selecting a term from the index, the user can choose the “Healthcare Professional” or the “Consumer” tab for more information on the selected topic.

Drug Information Portal (National Library of Medicine)

This webpage is an easy-to-use entry point to drug information resources provided by multiple government agencies. In addition to a searchable database of more than 12,000 medications, the portal provides links to information on how drug safety is monitored by the Federal government, guidelines on safe use of prescription drugs, background on Medicare Prescription plans, and much more additional information. It includes links to drug information resources in Spanish.

Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information (MedlinePlus)

The Drug Information section of MedlinePlus contains information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs provided through two drug resources, MedMaster, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the USP DI Advice for the Patient, a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Additional drug information can be located in MedlinePlus.

Dietary Supplements Label Database (National Library of Medicine)

This database offers information about ingredients in more than three thousand brands of dietary supplements. The "Products" section allows you to locate information on a particular brand of supplement, including its ingredients and claims by the manufacturer. It is important to note that the Food and Drug Administration does not evaluate the manufacturer's claims. The "Active Ingredients" section of the database often provides links to PubMed discussing the effectiveness of the ingredient.

Drugs & Supplements (Mayo Clinic)

Mayo Clinic Drugs & Supplements provides extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, including U.S. and Canadian brand names, general description of their use, proper ways to take them, precautions, side effects and additional information.  In addition, it provides information on supplements – background, synonyms, evidence for effectiveness, dosing, safety, and methodology of the studies.  Micromedex is the source for the drug information, Natural Standard for the supplement material.

Drug Interactions

Drug Interaction Checker (Medscape)

Drug Interaction Checker provides a means of checking for interactions between selected drugs; other drug information available through the menu bar near the top of the screen.

Drug Safety

ConsumerMedSafety.org (Institute for Safe Medicine Practices)

The Institute for Safe Medicine Practices is a nonprofit organization of pharmacists, nurses, and doctors devoted entirely to safe medication practices. On this site, you can find current drug safety alerts and drug information, and report medication errors.

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