Before beginning your Internet medical research, visit our Electronic Databases page to search several databases of magazine and journal articles. The following sites are good places to begin your research:

Mayo Clinic Drugs and Supplements
Excellent source of information on prescription and nonprescription drugs. Thorough profiles include information on effects, dosage, precautions, and side effects.

RxList, from
Detailed prescription and over-the-counter drug profiles with information on effects, dosage, precautions, and side effects.

FDA - Protecting Yourself
Safety resources for health consumers from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).


CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service
Browse listings of clinical trials or sign up for clinical trial notifications. Read through the description of clinical trials and the tips on deciding whether to participate in one.
From the National Institutes of Health. Includes listings for government trials, as well as those in the pharmaceutical industry.

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