Selected websites with authoritative information on drugs and supplements

March 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

Looking to find authoritative information on medications, drugs and supplements? The following are selected websites with authoritative information on drugs and supplements that you can use and also share with patients and family members.


Mayo Clinic/Micromedex®
Found on the Mayo website are links to both medications and supplements provided by Micromedex® in a easy to read format. Drugs and supplements are listed alphabetically and are linked to content that is divided into distinct chapters including generic and brand names, descriptions, what to consider prior to taking the medication or supplement, drug interactions, how to take the drug, dosing, storage, side effects, and a 1-800 number to call the Federal Drug Administration to report adverse reactions.

A consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health which includes both prescription and over-the counter drugs using a search of either generic or brand name. Information includes overview of the drug or supplement, dosage, side effects, precautions and more.

Provides information on drugs approved for use in the United States, with content and labeling information from the Federal Drug Administration (packet inserts)

RX List/Pill Finder
This tool allows one to enter the imprint, color and shape of medicines in order to find out the name of the medication

National Institutes of Health website for clinical trial information for health care professionals and patients, including names of current drugs under investigation and clinical research

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Listing of many botanicals used as a complement to traditional therapies. Information includes introduction, what the science says about the herb, side effects and cautions

Federal Drug Administration – (FDA)
Governmental website that discusses how drugs are reviewed and approved, with consumer and professional resources


This group of websites will help the professional or the novice navigate to authoritative websites that contain up-to-date information on drugs and supplements.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN, C

Medical Librarian

Patient and Health Education Library

Mayo Clinic in Arizona

13400 E. Shea Boulevard

Scottsdale, Arizona 85259

480 301-8946


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