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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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Getting ready for spirometry

How to get ready for spirometry

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What every parent should know about colds, coughs, earaches and sore throats - a factsheet.

Having a sick child can be a very scary experience for parents and carers. Understanding more about common childhood illnesses and symptoms can help you feel more in control.

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Warfarin & how to take it

Learn about warfarin including how to use it safely & correctly to avoid side effects, especially bleeding.

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Using your medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic - 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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Pain: what is going on? - NPS MedicineWise

Pain is a way for the brain to alert the body to potential danger. It is experienced in many different ways, and there are many different treatments for managing pain. Find out more.

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The measles vaccine, explained - NPS MedicineWise

Measles is a potentially dangerous disease that is almost completely preventable through vaccination. Find out why being fully vaccinated against measles is important for you and for others.

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Understanding blood pressure - NPS MedicineWise

Understand what your blood pressure levels mean, how your blood pressure is monitored & the medications available to control it.

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How medicines are approved for use in Australia

Learn more about how medicines are regulated, what happens before a medicine reaches the shelves, and why not all medicines are subsidised.

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10 things you need to know about low back pain - NPS MedicineWise

Low back pain is common, affecting 1 in 4 Australians. Find out why scans are often unnecessary, and how staying active helps you recover faster.

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Baricitinib for rheumatoid arthritis - Australian Prescriber

Methotrexate is the drug of choice for most patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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