This Web site of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provides information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications from AHFS Consumer Medication Information, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Cancer patients often want more information about the cancer drugs they are taking or may be concerned about whether an over-the-counter medication may interfere with their cancer medicines. Medline Plus’s comprehensive drug database is a reliable source of easy-to-understand drug information.
You can browse the Drug Information Database by the first letter of the drug’s generic or brand name. For each drug, there is information about what it is used for, how it works, how it is administered, precautions to take while on the medication, side effects, and any special instructions or warnings. In many cases, there is information to consider before taking the medication, possible drug interactions, and what to do if you miss a dose.
The site indicates when information for a particular drug was last revised. In some cases, the brand names of the drugs differ depending on whether they are sold in the United States or Canada. In such instances, the site includes all brand names and indicates in which country they are available.
The site also includes searchable information on herbs and supplements from National Standard, an organization founded by clinicians and researchers to provide high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies.