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COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Checker

If you have had a COVID-19 vaccination and think you may be experiencing side-effects, you can check here.

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Over-the-counter medicines

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

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Codeine no longer available over the counter from Feb 1

Pain-relief medicines that contain codeine will no longer be available without a doctor's prescription from 1 Feb 2018. Here’s what you need to know.

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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.

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Out-of-date medicines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.

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Medicines and alcohol

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

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How to read CMIs

Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) leaflets provide information about the medicine you are taking. Here's how to use them.

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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.

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Home medicines review

Not managing your own or someone else’s medicines correctly can have serious consequences. A free home medicines review (HMR) by a pharmacist can help.

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How to take medicines safely in a natural disaster (bushfire, floods, cyclones)

It's important to have a plan to manage your medicines should a natural disaster strike. Here's how to safely take medication during a bushfire, flood and more.

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