When you search on Google for the name of a medication, such as a prescription or over-the-counter drug, you might see a section to the right of your search results that highlights facts and other snippets of information about that medication.
What will I see?
You might see information like the following when you search for a medication, though not all medications will show all these facts:
- A brief description of the medication
- The active ingredients in the medication
- Major brand names under which the medication is available in the US
- What the medication may be typically used to treat or prevent, including indications and clinically-significant uses, both on- and off-label
- Possible reasons not to take the medication
- Potential risk in taking the medication during pregnancy
- Possible side effects of the medication
- The legal status of the medication
- The dosage forms in which the medication is available
- Other drugs that are in similar drug classes
This data comes from a number of sources, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, as well as other sources of publicly-available data. You can learn more about these data sources below.
We try to show the most relevant facts about a medication you’ve searched for, but note that these may not be comprehensive, and are not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects.
What can I do with this information?
We hope you’ll find this information useful to learn more about medications you’re interested in, but it’s important to understand that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professionals. If you have questions about your own medical situation, we recommend you seek professional medical advice.
What if I see something wrong?
While we do our best to keep the information you see up to date, much of the medication data we display is compiled by automated systems, so there's always a chance that some of the information is incorrect or no longer relevant. If you see any issues, just click the "Report a problem" link at the bottom of the box and identify the piece of content in question. We'll incorporate your feedback to help improve the content in the future.
More information about data sources
The medication data described above is drawn from many sources, including:
- The National Center for Biotechnology Information: PubMed Health
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Drugs@FDA, NDC Product Directory, Orange Book, drug labels / package inserts via U.S. National Library of Medicine DailyMed
- The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM): Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) version 2011AB.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration: National Drug File - Reference Terminology (NDF-RT)