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The New Over-the-Counter Medicine Label. Protect yourself when taking medicines, especially over-the-counter medicines taken without seeing a doctor, by learning to read the label. Also see MedWatch, a website to find FDA advisories about drug safety and to report problems with human medical products.

MedlinePlus, and Drug Information Portal of the National Library of Medicine, two portals for consumer-oriented drug information

Drugs@FDA lists approved and tentatively approved prescription, over-the-counter, and discontinued drugs. Links to approval history and picture of label. Also see Electronic Orange Book, listing drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with information on brand name, patent holder, dosage, and generics available. Less consumer-oriented, but very up-to-date and good for verifying legality and safety of generics.

Dietary supplements

Use the Dietary Supplements Labels Database to search brand names, uses noted on product labels, specific active ingredients, and manufacturers for more than 7,000 selected brands of dietary supplements. Also try Herbs at a Glance fact sheets from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Alerts and Advisories, from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and Warnings and Safety Information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition. 

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