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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 work against bacteria.


Antibiotics revolutionised medicine in the 1940s because they treated infections caused by bacteria. Learn how antibiotics work.

Hand with antidepressants pills

Antidepressant medicines

Antidepressant medications treat depression, anxiety and related conditions. They should only be used in consultation with a doctor.

Woman using nasal spray


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 inhaler

Asthma medication

Relievers and preventers, such as inhalers or 'puffers', are medications that help to manage and control asthma symptoms.

Blood pressure medicines

Blood pressure medication

Blood pressure medications ('hypertensives'), such as ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and diuretics can help to manage and treat high blood pressure.

Buying medicines online

Buying medicines on the internet has its advantages, but there is a risk of losing your money, damaging your health or breaking the law.


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's medicines

Children don't always need medicine to treat illnesses. But if you do need to give your child medicine, here are some useful tips.

Colds and flu medication

Colds and flu medication

Learn about over-the-counter medicines that might help relieve cold and flu symptoms and when antiviral medication may be helpful.

Diabetes medication

There are many types of diabetes medicine, such as insulin, metformin and sulphonylureas. There's no one-size-fits-all medicine for diabetes.

During surgery, the anaesthetist will constantly monitor you.

General anaesthetic

A general anaesthetic is used to make you unconscious so you will not feel pain, move or be aware during surgery.

Woman with medicine in her hand.

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 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 used to treat some mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder. Learn about the risks and benefits of this mood-stabilising medication.

Local anaesthetic

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.

Alcohol may prevent medicines from working properly.

Medicines and alcohol

Some medicines and alcohol don't mix, even over-the-counter ones. Learn about possible complications such as breathing problems and liver damage.

Medicines and breastfeeding

While most medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding, some can affect your baby. Find out which medicines you can take and how to get advice.

Pregnant woman with a cold thinking about taking medicine

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. Here's how to reduce the risks and stay safe on the road.

Ask your doctor about potential side effects of a medicine.

Medicine and side effects

Side effects are unwanted effects of a medicine. Learn about where to get information on medicine side effects and how to get help.

Elderly lady holding her pharmacy pack of medications.

Medication safety for older people

Older people are at increased risk of medicine-related problems. Learn how to take your medications safely and how to quiz your doctor.

Opioid medicines

Opioids are a group of medicines prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Learn about their side effects, withdrawal symptoms and what to do in an overdos...

Make sure to check the expiry date of all medicines.

Out-of-date medicines

When medicines are manufactured, by law they must be given an expiry date. Learn more about expiration dates and the safe storage of medicines.

Over the counter medicine

Over-the-counter medicines

There are some medicines you don't need a prescription for. These are called over-the-counter medicines.

Pain-relief medicines

There's a range of pain-relief medicines for acute or chronic pain, including over-the-counter and prescription medication. All have possible side eff...

Paracetamol is a pain relief medicine.


Paracetamol is for mild to moderate pain. Learn about how paracetamol works, the possible side effects and when you should not take it.

The PBS provides a range of prescription medicines at a subsidised price

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

Using the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Australians can access a wide range of prescription medicines without paying full price.

The CMI can be found in the packing of the medicine.

Reading CMIs

Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) leaflets provide information about the medicine you are taking. Here's 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 Australian ‘scheduling’ system for medicines and poisons categorises them based on their risks and how freely they're available to the public.

Statins are medicines used to lower cholesterol.


Statins are medicines used to lower cholesterol and are recommended for people at risk of cardiovascular disease. Here's how statins work.

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