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Prescription Drugs - Advice

  Prescription Drug Information
Up-to-date information on the most commonly prescribed drugs

 Consumer Reports on Drugs New
Free information from Consumers Reports on drugs with suggestions on best buying options based on Consumer Reports' comprehensive, independent and unbiased reviews of the scientific evidence of a drug's effectiveness, safety and cost.

  Prescription Drug Cautions
More than one in five seniors in the United States uses a medication that is probably not appropriate. Learn more about certain medications that may not be good choices for seniors 

  Tips for Buying Drugs Online
From the US Food and Drug Administration.  Find tips for buying medicines (and medical products) online, a consumer safety guide in English and Spanish, medicines to not buy online, cautions about imported and counterfeit drugs, and how to find verified online pharmacies.

  Using Drugs Safely
How, when, and with what other substances you take your medicine can have a significant impact on your response to many drugs. Go here to compare your routines with the recommended medication administration methods

  Compare Selected Drugs
Find out how the drug you are taking compares with similar drugs

  Identify Drugs by Appearance  New
Identify medications by their color, size, shape, and visible markings.

  Find Drug Interactions  New
Allows you to create a list of your medications or potential medications and see what interactions, if any, there might be between them.

  Latest Drug Alerts  New
Subscribe to bi-monthly consumer newsletter focussing on the prevention of medical errors.  From the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)—the nation's only nonprofit organization of pharmacists, nurses, and doctors devoted entirely to safe medication practices. 

  Safety Check Your Medications  New
iGuard lets you list your medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.  They then give you safety ratings for all your drugs and identify possible drug interactions and side effects.  You can also receive news alerts on manufacturers' drug recalls as well as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts.

  Saving Money on Drugs
You can find useful information on generic drugs and other ways that seniors can save money on prescription drugs

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