Comprehensive drug & supplement sites

“Drugs and Supplements”

MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine
Look up information on prescription drugs, OTC (over-the-counter) medications, & supplements by brand or generic name. From “Related Topics” in the right-hand column, you can link to extensive information on many common classes of these products (e.g., statins, cold & cough medicines, vitamins) and using drugs safely.

DailyMed

National Library of Medicine
Enter the exact, full name of a prescription or OTC drug to read the FDA’s currently approved label information, in a more readable form than the package insert.
NOTE: Your doctor may prescribe drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. “Off-label” use is legal, common, and may be helpful, but can also raise concerns.

Drug Information Portal

National Library of Medicine
Information about a specific drug or supplement can be located on multiple U.S. government websites with a single search.

“Information for Consumers”

FDA | U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Much useful information in a less-than-ideal interface.

Worst Pills, Best Pills

A drug dictionary & several excellent consumer guides are available for free. Expert, independent information on 1,800+ drugs and supplements is available with an inexpensive subscription.

Prescription drugs

Best Drugs for Less

Consumer Reports
Advice on the safest, most effective, & affordable prescription drugs for common conditions, plus tips for saving money & using medications safely.

“Drug Research Information”

CenterWatch
Information about newly approved drugs, drugs in development, and participating in clinical trials of drugs.

NeedyMeds

Money-saving tips, discounts, & ways to obtain drugs at no cost.

Supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs & botanicals, enzymes, antioxidants…)

“Frequently Asked Questions”

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health

“Herbs & Supplements”

In MedlinePus, National Library of Medicine
An extensive list of herbs and supplements, with information about each substance’s effectiveness in treating medical conditions; interactions with drugs, other supplements, and foods; and other safety concerns.

“Quality Supplements”

United States Pharmacopeial Convention (a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization)
NOTE:  The FDA does no ingredient or safety testing before a supplement enters the market. If you see “USP Verified Mark” on the packaging of a supplement, the product has been tested by an independent, nongovernmental lab and found to contain the indicated amount of the listed ingredients, contain safe levels of any impurities, and be in a form which can be readily absorbed. However, it does not indicate that the listed ingredients are safe or effective.

“Vitamins & Supplements”

Consumer Reports

Focused drug & supplement sites

AIDSinfo Drug Database

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“Drug Disposal Locator Tool”

NABP | National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Locate a nearby collection site. If none is unavailable, learn the next-best option for disposal.

“LactMed”

In ToxNet, from National Library of Medicine
For nursing mothers, safety information about drugs & other chemicals.

“MedWatch Voluntary Report”

FDA | U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Notify the FDA if you have had an adverse event (serious drug side effect, product use error, product quality problem, or therapeutic failure) related to a medical product (medication, supplement, medical device, etc.), cosmetic, or food/beverage. Report problems with vaccines elsewhere.

“Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings)”

FDA | U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Information continues via “More” box near bottom of introductory page.

Pillbox

National Library of Medicine
Identify a mystery pill. About half of FDA-approved solid medications are represented; liquids, creams, & patches are not included. Use Pillbox’s image explorer if you have Adobe Flash.