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Consumer Health

Assistance on health topics for those who are not formally affiliated with the University of Toronto

Best bets for drug information

Drug Information Portal

  • information about over 12,000 drugs (prescription, non-prescription, dietary supplements, drugs of abuse, investigational)
  • searchable by generic or brand name OR browse by drug class or by audience

MedlinePlus: Drugs & Supplements

  • information about prescription and over-the-counter medication
  • information on herbs and supplements
  • content written by physicians and reviewed by experts

TRIP (Turning Research into Practice) database

  • tool to find and use high quality clinical research evidence
  • has several short videos about how to use, etc
  • be sure to try the PICO search option next to the search box

UpToDate Patient Information

  • sample information on health topics
  • partial information only; full access requires a personal subscription

US Food and Drug Administration

  • information site for public health and food safety
  • covers food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics and other products

Alternative/Complementary Treatments