electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)

This web site provides free and up-to-date information on UK medicines – both prescription medicines and those that can be bought ‘over-the-counter’. – Non-Typical Information on Prescription Drugs is privately owned and funded and is not affiliated with any manufacturer, merchant, or advocacy group. Founded in 2007, is a unique free online informational web site dedicated to health and medicine. obtains information only form the most reputable sources including government, educational and industrial. The writers use a variety of medical references to create the content, including medical reference textbooks, medical journals, and drug-prescribing information approved by the FDA of the USA.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

The MHRA, an executive agency of the Department of Health exists to enhance and safeguard the health of the public by ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. No product is risk-free. Underpinning the agency’s work lies robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits to patients and the public justify the risks.

Mind – Drugs: An Alphabetical List

List of all psychiatric drugs currently available in the UK, with links to the relevant Mind information.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NICE provides guidance on treatment and care based on the best available evidence. The web site provides guidance by type or by illness or health topic.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Antidepressants

This leaflet discusses how antidepressants work, why they are prescribed, their effects and side-effects, and alternative treatments.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Benzodiazepines

This leaflet may be helpful if you: have been prescribed benzodiazepines; have used benzodiazepines; know someone who has been prescribed benzodiazepines; are worried about addiction and withdrawal effects with these medications.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Medications for Mania

This leaflet is for anyone who wants to find out about the medications used to help stabilise unhelpful mood swings and to control mania. It discusses how they work, why they are prescribed, their effects, side-effects and some alternatives.There are pointers to more detailed information elsewhere.

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