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Medicines and Medications

Web Sites

  • AARP Drug Directory
    Browse an A to Z directory of medications for complete information on various drugs.
  • AARP Pill Identifier
    Unsure what your pill is? Enter the color and shape and markings to identify it.
  • About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
    This information resource, from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, provides evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, and more.
  • American Botanical Council
    An independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.
  • Consumer Reports: Best Buy Drugs
    This is a free public education service from the nonprofit Consumers Union that will help you talk to your doctor about prescription drugs, and find the most effective and safe drugs that also give you the best value for your health care dollar.
  • Drugs.com
    Comprehensive and up-to-date prescription drug information for consumers & professionals accessible by searching or browsing of over 24,000 approved medications. Content from Wolters Kluwer Health, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Cerner Multum and Thomson Reuters Micromedex.
  • DrugDigest.org
    One of the best Internet sites for information on pharmaceuticals, drug interactions and herbal supplements. Includes images of drugs and information for patients.
  • DrugWatch.com
    Drugwatch is dedicated to informing you about dangerous prescription drugs and medical devices.
  • MEDLINEplus: Drug Information
    Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications from AHFS® Consumer Medication Information, copyrighted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Inc.
  • PDRhealth.com
    This is from the publisher of the Physicians’ Desk Reference. It provides prescription drug information. It also provides information on diseases, conditions and clinical trials, as well as a drug interaction checker and photos of the pills.
  • Rxlist
    Owned and operated by WebMD, RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs. This index also has a Pill identifier, where one can search by imprint, color and shape.
 

Pittsburgh Resources

  • Be Well Pittsburgh!
    This website compiles information about health resources in the Pittsburgh area in order to improve uninsured Pittsburghers' awareness of and access to health care resources.
 

Selected Books

Barry, Patricia
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage for Dummies
RA412.3.B37 2008x
Explains Part D in plain English and shows you how to find the best deal among numerous drug-coverage plan options.
 
Consumer Drug Reference
rqRS51.U65
An annual publication prepared by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
 
Nurse's Pocket Drug Guide 2009
This downloadable electronic book (5th Edition) provides data on one thousand common medicines and herbs, including uses, side effects, significant contradictions, and therapeutic and pharmacological classifications. (Requires a library card for access.)
 
 

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