Dr William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library
Grossmont Healthcare District - A Public Agency Serving San Diego's East County Region

Drugs, Herbs, & Vitamins

Quick reference to drugs, herbs, and supplements and their uses

Drug Information - Drug Index from Medline Plus

MedlinePlus: Drugs and Supplements - Quick access to the National Library of Medicine’s consumer-friendly information on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies in an easy A to Z format. Información sobre medicinas, hierbas, y suplementos en Español.

Drugs@FDA - Easy-to-use A to Z list of drugs that is searchable by drug name, active ingredient, or application number.

National Council on Patient Information and Education - NCPIE offers links to reliable information for medicine users, tools for consumers, and special groups such as women, children, and older adults.

PDR Health - Physician’s Desk Reference is a leading drug resource. This consumer website can be searched by drug or by medical condition. Includes information on current clinical trials.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Provides information on a variety of topics related to prescription and over-the-counter medications. Información en Español.

Herbal, Vitamin, Mineral, Dietary Supplements

Natural Standard - The Herrick Library subscribes to this database, which is directly accessible in the library or from home with a library card. Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. The site uses a grading system to reflect the level of available scientific data for or against use of each supplement or therapy with specific medical conditions.
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - One of the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM provides an A to Z list of health topics covering a wide range of complementary and alternative medicine topics. The Herbs at a Glance section provides fact sheets with basic information on specific herbs or botanicals, including common names, uses, and potential side effects. Información en Español sobre la medicina complementaria y alternativa.

Office of Dietary Supplements - Provides dietary supplement fact sheets for consumers in English and en Español, as well as tips for older supplement users. The website includes in-depth information about vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements and their uses.

Organizing Your Medications

How to Create a Pill Card - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides a guide to help users create an easy-to-use “pill card” for keeping track of medicines.

My Pill Box - This easy-to-use interactive website helps you make a schedule for taking medication with pictures of your medications. It is sponsored by the Sharp Foundation and the San Diego Cardiac Center.

Shopping for Drugs

California State Board of Pharmacy - Advice on many aspects of drug purchasing, including state laws pertaining to prescribing and pharmacies. Includes advice on buying drugs on the Internet and a section of information for consumers, including fact sheets, tips and advice, and how to file a complaint for pharmacy or prescription errors.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs - This free public education project provides guidance on the safety, effectiveness, and cost of drugs. Lists the best buys for drugs, provides information on reading drug labels, and lists drugs by condition or drug categories. Also includes recall information and drugs to avoid. Información en Español.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) - The official Medicare website contains extensive information about Medicare prescription drug coverage, called Part D. Cobertura de medicamentos recetados de Medicare (Parte D) en Español.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy - The consumer section of the website of this association of member pharmacists has extensive advice on buying medication online, including recommended sites, as well as sites that are not recommended. Also includes information on counterfeit drugs and drug recalls.

Disclaimer: The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library provides public access to a wide range of health and medical information and is not a substitute for medical advice. You are advised to consult with your physician or other health care professional concerning specific questions or to obtain medical advice.

The links found on this website do not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, its affiliates, or individuals. We are not responsible for and do not sanction the information contained in websites linked from this site.


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