More MS news articles for July 2000
The New "DrugInfo" Database on Medscape
-- Have you tried it yet?
Looking for a list of medications for treating sinusitis? Wondering
what adverse effects are possible with warfarin? Find answers fast with
DrugInfo, Medscape's newly enhanced drug database.
Medscape's DrugInfo provides you with information from two authoritative
sources: the American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information reference
by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and First
DataBank's National Drug Data File. So, you can run a search on either
a drug or a disease name, and within seconds DrugInfo will return comprehensive,
printable information about nearly every pharmaceutical drug marketed in
the United States, including OTCs.
Take a Tour of Medscape DrugInfo
If you haven't searched for drug information on Medscape lately, you'll
want to see what you're missing. Let's try a search for "aspirin."
To begin, click on http://www.medscape.com/druginfo/tips
(or paste the preceding Web address into the "Address" window of your browser
and press the "return" key) and type "aspirin" into the search box. Note
that you have the option of searching by disease as well.
TIP: You can also search DrugInfo from the bottom of any Medscape page.
Simply type a drug name into the white search box, click the button next
to the "Drug Info" database, and click on "Go."
First, the engine will return a list of aspirin-containing preparations.
Let's continue by searching for "aspirin oral." To do so, click on the
"aspirin oral" link.
Once your browser loads results, take a moment to look in the left-hand
navigation bar at the types of information you can get -- everything from
uses and dosage to patient handouts.
What about all those links in the left-hand Navigation Bar?
Let's take a closer look at some of the highlights in the information
before you in the left-hand navigation bar.
Uses & Dosage: Labeled and unlabeled uses, as well as dosing information
separated into sections on different conditions and symptoms.
Adverse Effects: Commonly reported adverse effects ("Incidence more frequent")
as well as those that may occur less often ("Incidence less frequent")
with use of aspirin and other drugs classified as Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory
Precautions: Look here for standard label warnings. Also, drug-disease
contraindications grouped by "most significant," "significant," and "possibly
Drug Interactions: Drug-drug interactions are sorted into "contraindicated,"
"severe," and "moderate" categories. Drug-food interactions are grouped
into five areas of varying significance. Our "aspirin oral" search also
provides detailed discussions on relevant topics ranging from "Effects
of Buffers" to "Coronary Revascularization Procedures."
Preparations: Manufacturers, brand names, forms, strengths, and routes
TIP: To quickly find a drug by manufacturer name or dosage, use your browser's
all on one easy-to-use chart.
On a PC, open a "Find" box by holding down the "Control" and "F" keys.
Then, enter your search term and click "Find" (or "Find Next") to locate
your term anywhere on the page.
On a Macintosh, hold down both the "Command" and "F" keys to open
a "Find" box, enter your search term, and click "Find" (or "Find in Page")
to locate the term.
Now that you know about some of the key features of Medscape DrugInfo,
be sure to try your own searches. As always, please send any questions
or comments to email@example.com.
Patient Handout: Explains what a patient can expect when taking a particular
drug. Side effects, precautions, even a section on how to take the medication
all are clearly spelled out. The handout is designed to be printed and
distributed to patients along with their prescriptions.