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NPS MedicineWise

NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit, evidence-based and consumer-centred organisation, working to improve the way health technologies, medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used.

Established in 1998 with the primary aim of promoting quality use of medicines, today it has grown to connect with health consumers and health professionals nation-wide, changing attitudes and behaviours, and empowering all Australians to make the best possible healthcare decisions when they count.

Vision and mission

To enable people to make and act on the best decisions about medicines, medical tests, health technologies and other options for better heath and economic outcomes.

Its work ensures that people can access the best care and achieve the best value, considering individual circumstances.

How NPS Medicinewise can help

NPS MedicineWise provides practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests.

Information lines

Call the NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) for information on prescription, over-the-counter and complementary (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamin and mineral) medicines over the phone from anywhere in Australia.

Calls from anywhere except QLD and VIC are triaged by Healthdirect Australia. Hours of operation: Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST (excluding NSW public holidays).

Call the Adverse Medicine Events Line on 1300 134 237 from anywhere in Australia. Hours of operation: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm AEST (excluding public holidays).

For emergencies - if you have concerns about your medicines arising from an overdose or suspected poisoning, call the Poisons Information Centre, 24 hours a day on 13 11 26. For general emergencies call 000.

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Last reviewed: February 2020

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Complementary medicines explained

Complementary medicines are taken by millions of Australians & sold in supermarkets and pharmacies. Find out more about them, & how to use them safely. 

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5 steps to tapering opioids for patients with chronic non-cancer pain - NPS MedicineWise

Tapering opioids may not worsen pain, and recent evidence suggests that it improves function and quality of life. Find out more about how to prepare a successful tapering plan for patients using opioids.

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Naloxone nasal spray (Nyxoid) for opioid overdose - NPS MedicineWise

Naloxone nasal spray is a fast-acting opioid antagonist now PBS-listed for use in the community. Find out more.

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Antiviral medicines and the treatment of COVID-19 - NPS MedicineWise

Oseltamivir phosphate is an oral neuraminidase inhibitor

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Opioid medicines and chronic non-cancer pain - NPS MedicineWise

Opioid medicines can be used to reduce some types of pain, such as acute pain and chronic pain caused by cancer. However, they have a limited role in the management of chronic non-cancer pain. Find out more.

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Update your medicines list now – you’ll need it if you go to hospital - NPS MedicineWise

If you take one or more regular medicines, now is the time to make sure you have an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take

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Pregabalin for nerve pain - NPS MedicineWise

Pregabalin is a medicine used to treat nerve pain (also called neuropathic pain).  Pregabalin works by controlling brain chemicals to reduce the level of pain you experience. 

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Spirometry and its role in diagnosing children’s asthma - NPS MedicineWise

Spirometry can support a diagnosis of asthma for children aged 6 years and over, and for ongoing patient monitoring. Find out more about spirometry for children.

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Your roadmap for rheumatoid arthritis - NPS MedicineWise

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a lifelong condition but, with treatment and support, life with RA can be positive, meaningful and healthy. View or download.

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Dementia and psychotropic medicines - NPS MedicineWise

Non-pharmacological approaches are recommended for first line management of changed behaviour in dementia

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