Accidental overdose of medicine
Accidental overdose of medicine is dangerous, but preventable. Here's how to avoid the risk of overdose, and the medicines that need special care.
Antibiotics revolutionised medicine in the 1940s because they treated infections caused by bacteria. Learn how antibiotics work and how to take them.
Antidepressants are medicines that treat depression and other mental health conditions. Read about the types and how to take them safely.
Antihistamine medications help ease allergy symptoms. Read more about how they're used to treat conditions like hay fever and asthma.
Anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs)
Anti-inflammatory medicines can be used to relieve pain, reduce redness and swelling (inflammation), or treat a fever.
Asthma relievers include inhalers or 'puffers' (e.g. ventolin and salbutamol), are medications that help to manage and control asthma symptoms.
Blood pressure medication
Blood pressure medicines ('antihypertensives'), such as ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics help manage high blood pressure.
Buying medicines online
Buying medicines online may seem to have advantages, but there are lots of risks too. Find out more about buying medicines online here.
Chemotherapy describes medicine that aims to stop or slow down the growth of cancer cells. Find out how 'chemo' treatment works and its side effects.
Children don't always need medicine to treat illnesses. But if you do need to give your child medicine, here are some useful tips.
Cold and flu medicines
Learn about over-the-counter medicines that might help relieve cold and flu symptoms and when antiviral medicine may be helpful.
There are many types of diabetes medicine including insulin, metformin and sulphonylureas. There's no one-size-fits-all medicine for diabetes.
Find out what diuretic medicine is used for, how it works, the most common diuretics and any side effects associated with taking it.
A general anaesthetic is used to make you unconscious so you will not feel pain, move or be aware during surgery.
Generic vs. brand-name medicines
Every medicine has a brand name and a generic name. Learn about the differences and what to consider when deciding which is best for you.
HIV and AIDS medication
HIV medications (called 'antiretrovirals') fight to stop the virus multiplying while helping to protect the immune system from damage caused by HIV.
Lithium is a medicine used to treat bipolar disorder and some other mental illnesses. Find out about how lithium works and what you need to know.
A local anaesthetic temporarily numbs a part of your body. Here's what you should know about 'having a local', and questions to ask your doctor.
Medicines and alcohol
You need to be careful if you drink alcohol when taking some medicines. This includes over-the-counter medicines and herbal remedies. Learn more here.
Medicines and breastfeeding
While most medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding, some can affect your baby. Learn out more about medicines and breastfeeding here.
Medicines during pregnancy
Learn more about taking medicines during pregnancy, which includes over-the-counter medicine as well as herbal supplements and vitamins.
Medicines and driving
Some medicines can affect the skills you need to drive safely. Read here to find out how to reduce your risks and stay safe on the road.
Nicotine dependence medicines
Learn how over the counter and prescription medicines, along with professional quit smoking services, can help you to quit smoking.
Medicines safety for older people
Older people are at increased risk of medicine-related problems. Learn how to take your medicines safely and what to ask your doctor.
Opioids are a group of medicines prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Learn about side effects, withdrawal symptoms and what to do in an overdose.
All medicines have an expiry date displayed on their packaging. Learn about why medicines expire, and how to dispose of old medicines safely.
There are some medicines you don't need a prescription for. These are called over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.
Pain relief medicines include over-the-counter and prescription medicines. Learn about their side effects as well as when and when not to use them.
You can take paracetamol for mild to moderate pain. Find out when to take paracetamol, its side effects and what to do if you take too much.
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
Using the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Australians can access a wide range of prescription medicines without paying full price.
Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) leaflets provide information about the medicine you are taking. Find out where to get a CMI and how to use them.
Reporting a problem with a medicine
You should tell your doctor or health professional about any problems with your medicine. It’s also helpful to report the problem to the TGA.
Scheduling of medicines and poisons
The scheduling of medicines is a national classification system that controls how medicines and poisons are made availiable to the public.
Side effects of medicines including vaccines
Side effects are any unwanted effects of a medicine. Learn more about different types of medicine side effects and what to do if you have them.
Statins are medicines used to lower cholesterol and are recommended for people at risk of cardiovascular disease. Here's how statins work.
Learn about the different types of sunscreen and how it works to protect you from the damaging effects of the sun.