Consumers can get important information about prescription drugs in the Food & Drug Administration’s Index to Drug-Specific Information. Drugs are listed alphabetically by name, and each is linked to important information.
Most important, drugs with an Active Safety Alert are marked with a red flag. In addition to a warning about possible adverse effects and an explanation of what to watch for when taking the drug, there is a link that consumers can use to report their own adverse effects, if any, to the FDA.
Other plain-language information about listed drugs includes, for example:
• Nature of the drug & various names
• What the drug is used for
• General precautions
• What you should tell your healthcare provider if you’re prescribed this med
• Possible side effects.
For information on the drug’s possible interactions with other drugs you take, try the Drug Interactions Checker at Drugs.com.