Find Your Drug: Using Drugs A to Z

Check Drugs A to Z for More Info About Prescription Medications


Along with talking to your physician and pharmacist, our drug guide, Drugs A to Z, is an excellent resource for information about medications that you or a loved one are taking. The drug guide has detailed information on several thousand prescription and over-the-counter medications. You can use the guide to find information on drug interactions, adverse effects and more.

Finding a Drug

From the homepage of Drugs A to Z, you can find information quickly about a medication by browsing through the list of the 200 most commonly searched drugs and by clicking on the name of the drug.

If the drug does not appear on the list, you can enter the brand name or the generic name in the search box just above the Top 200 Drugs list. As you start typing, a list of medications will appear and you can click on your drug of choice.

Drug Profiles

Clicking on the name of a drug will take you to a profile about that medication. Each profile provides basic information about the drug, including its use, what you need to share with your physician before using it, adverse effects, interactions with other medications and foods, how to take the drug, and what to do if you miss a dose. At the bottom of each page of the profile is a link to the guide’s drug interaction tool.

A Word of Caution: Talk to your physician, nurse or pharmacist before you take any prescription medications or over-the- counter drugs, including any supplements. If you have any serious adverse effects or are concerned about adverse drug reactions, notify your doctor as soon as possible.

And, if you discover that you have the wrong medication, do not take it and contact your pharmacist immediately.

Please remember that no guide is a substitute for the care of your physician, nurse, pharmacist or so forth. Instead, guides help provide insight into your treatment and better understand your own care.

If you have any questions about your health or medications, you should contact your health care provider.

Finally, please remember that your pharmacist is a very good point of reference concerning medication use and adverse effects. After dispensing your medications, a pharmacy technician will ask whether you have any questions related to your medications. This opportunity is valuable and a great time to ask your pharmacist about the drug's benefits, administration and adverse effects. Unfortunately, many people don't bother to ask their pharmacist's questions and thus know less about their treatment. Like physicians, pharmacists go to graduate school and often complete post-graduate training; pharmacists are very knowledgeable and well trained. Pharmacists are also happy to serve your needs.

Content edited by Naveed Saleh, MD, MS, on 1/31/2016

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