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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.

Mission and vision

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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Nothing to sneeze at – prevent hay fever before it arrives - NPS MedicineWise

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What every parent should know about coughs, colds, earaches and sore throats - NPS MedicineWise

Children's coughs, colds, earaches and sore throats can worry you and make them miserable. Find out how to help your child feel better, and when to seek further advice.

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Vitamin D and COVID-19 - NPS MedicineWise

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Asthma inhaler technique

This free online course on asthma inhaler technique is for nurse practitioners and pharmacists.

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Opioids information video - NPS MedicineWise

Opioids are a class of medicines taken to help reduce pain

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Medicines & type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes may be treated with drugs such as metformin, sulfonylureas & insulin. Read about diabetes medicines & how to manage them.

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Anxiety disorders: what you need to know - NPS MedicineWise

Anxiety disorders are common but there are effective treatments. Find out how to get better sooner.

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Medicines lists: how to keep your medicine information together

A medicines list can be a useful way to keep all the information about your medicines together. Find out more.

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Magnesium, a treatment for leg cramps? - NPS MedicineWise

Quinine was once standard for leg cramps but has proved to have too many adverse effects. Is magnesium an option for patients with leg cramps?

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Managing rheumatoid arthritis - NPS MedicineWise

Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is effective in managing symptoms and slowing disease progression. Find out more about diagnosis, treatment and what you can do to manage this condition.

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