Drugs and Supplements

Here are some resources to help you find information about prescription and non-prescription drugs, including supplements.  You can look up side effects, what foods and drugs to avoid while taking a medication, and even find images of a drug.

  • Drugs.com provides information about more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products.  You can find side-effects, dosage, use of a medication during pregnancy, drug interactions and a pill-identifier.
  • Graedon's People's Pharmacy is geared for consumers and produced by Terry and Joe Graedon, authors of the print publication of the same name.  There is detailed information about home remedies: side effects, drug alerts and a page where readers can share their own stories. 
  • MedlinePlus includes a section about drugs and supplements. Use it to find information about effectiveness, dosage and safety of herbal remedies and dietary supplements. Also find information about prescription and over the counter drugs. 
  • NeedyMeds is a non-profit organization that helps people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare.  You can find drug coupons and other services at reduced costs, or free of charge.
  • The Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health produces comprehensive fact sheets about dietary supplements that include information about historic uses, side effects, interactions with drugs and clinical studies being done.
  • The Partnership for Prescription Assistance provides information about free or low-cost health clinics in your area.  You can use an online tool to determine your eligibility for a variety of patient programs and assistance, including Medicaid, Medicare, Patient Assistance Programs and co-pay programs.
  • Pharmacy Checker.com collects rates and compares credentials, prices and customer feedback regarding pharmacies that operate online and through mail-order and fax.  Includes Canadian businesses too.
  • RxIsk was founded by David Healy, author of Pharmageddon and other books.  This well-researched site by a team of international scientists and researchers, also uses MedWatch data.  You can search for drugs by various adverse effects, such as suicide or violence.  You can also use the interaction checker to see if your drug interacts with other drugs or food.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Association is responsible for testing and final approval of drugs on the market in the United States.  They are also responsible for many other regulatory activities.  Their site is continuously updated, informative and easy to use.  You can find information about buying medicines over the Internet, drug recalls and and other important information for consumers.  This is the home of MedWatch, where you can report adverse drug reactions.