Drugs and Supplements

AIDSinfo Drug Database
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides fact sheets about HIV drugs describing their use, pharmacology, side effects, and other relevant information. The sheets are available in English and Spanish as well as in professional and consumer versions.

CenterWatch/Clinical Trials Listing Service
This useful resource lists newly approved drugs, drugs in current clinical research, weekly trial results, as well as a link to the PDR Family Medical Guide for Prescription Drugs.

DailyMed-Current Medical Information
DailyMed provides reliable information about marketed drugs. It offers the FDA-approved labels (package inserts) as well as the chemical formulas, composition, and physical description of the drug.

The Drugs.com drug-information database is powered by four independent medical-information suppliers: Wolters Kluwer Health, Physicians’ Desk Reference, Cerner Multum and Thomson Reuters Micromedex. Individual drug (or drug-class) information content compiled by these sources is delivered complete and unaltered by Drugs.com.

Health Professional
Drugs.com provides access to healthcare information tailored for a professional audience - Sign up to Drugs.com to save your drug and interactions lists, receive free FDA drug alerts and approvals plus other useful features designed to assist healthcare professionals

Drugs A-Z - information including drug condition, class, side effect, dosage, pregnancy, new drug, pipeline, images, natural, and veterinary drugs

Drug Information

Interactions Checker

Pill Identifier


DrugDigest is a noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer health and drug information site dedicated to empowering consumers to make informed choices about drugs and treatment options. At DrugDigest you can access easy-to-read reference materials on topics ranging from drugs, vitamins, and herbs to breakthrough medical research and state-of-the-art disease management. Through our free eBulletin service, we provide you with the latest news and research on the health conditions that matter most to you. In addition, DrugDigest provides a Drug Interactions database, where you can check interactions between two or more drugs and get detailed information regarding potentially harmful drug interactions.

Ebling Library, UW Madison, --Pharmacy/Drugs
Usage to specific databases may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users, you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

Epocrates (free version)
Epocrates allows you to look up drugs and alternative medicine by class or name. You can then find information about such items as black box warning, dosage (adult and pediatric), contradictions/cautions, pharmacology, interactions, patient education, and pictures. Using the free version, you can also view pill identification, medcalc (medical equations), drug interactions, and tables.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Food and Drug Administration oversees the regulation of pharmaceutical and food products as well as medical devices. The site has both professional and consumer information on topics such as specific drugs, taking medications safely, buying generic drugs, and saving money on prescriptions. It also includes a guide to buying drugs safely online, information about recalls and product safety, and drug-drug, and drug-food interactions. Patient education material is freely available.

Longwood Herbal Task Force
This site has in-depth monographs about herbal products and supplements written by health professionals and students. It provides clinical information summaries, patient fact sheets, and information about toxicity and interactions as well as relevant links. The task force is a cooperative effort of the staff and students from Children’s Hospital, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Users of this site must register. The user then selects a subject site. There is no "homepage" but users can select other subjects or search. Free MEDLINE is available as well as news, reviews, and full text of selected journal articles and textbooks.

You must search a specific drug in the Medscape search engine and then choose “drug”. You will then find dosage, usage, and warnings, prices, brands, and images, detailed monograph, and patient education materials.

MedlinePlus Drug and Supplements
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends.Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions. Spanish is also available.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products
This resource provides an index to evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, and other medicines. It is easy to search. The information is at the professional level from articles in clinical medical journals.

NLM Drug Portal
The NLM Drug Portal offers a comprehensive database of prescription and non-prescription drugs, including vitamins and supplements. Users may search by generic or brand name and obtain information from the NLM databases, the FDA, the DEA, and other government sources.

Needy Meds
This is a clearinghouse for information about the various assistance programs available from pharmaceutical manufacturers for patients who cannot afford medications. It also has information about government assistance programs and coupons.

This site for consumers from the PDR includes information about prescription and non-prescription drugs, herbal medicines, and supplements. It also has information about diseases and conditions, surgery, treatment options, and clinical trials.

The National Library of Medicine is partnering with the Food and Drug Administration to enhance patient safety by providing an identification and reference system for solid-dosage medications. Pillbox was developed to aid in the identification of unknown solid dosage pharmaceuticals. The system combines high-resolution images of tablets and capsules with appearance information (imprint, shape, color, etc.) to enable users to visually search for and identify an unknown solid dosage pharmaceutical. This system is designed for use by emergency physicians, first responders, other health care providers, Poison Control Center staff, and concerned citizens.

RxList-The Internet Drug Index
This site has information about prescription and non-prescription drugs, herbs, and supplements, searchable by generic and brand name. It also has a useful pill identifier tool, information and slide shows about diseases and health topics, and a medical dictionary.