Prescription Drug Resources For Nurses

The Internet is the ideal resource for medications, uses, interactions, and side effects, if used properly. It replaces the time-consuming method of researching medications in the Physician’s Desk Reference, enabling the medical professional to make quicker, more informed decisions in less time. Care should be taken when using any Internet source. Those with a lot of advertisements or extraneous information are more than likely not to be of benefit. Choose those sites that are familiar, such as the USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) or NIH (National Institutes of Health). These resources are useful if you are enrolling in Online Nursing Programs. Listed below are links to sites that are either comprehensive or relate specifically to certain classifications of medications. 


  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Comprehensive listing of FDA-approved drug products. The medications in this alphabetical listing provide the brand name, generic name, dosage form, active ingredients, and label information. 
  • National Institutes of Health/Medline Plus - This site contains valuable information for prescription medications as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Included are indications, dietary restrictions, and possible interactions with both prescription and herbal substances.
  • AARP (American Association of Retired People) – Listing of medications normally prescribed to the elderly population, along with potential drug reactions.
  • Medical Matrix – Full guide that is maintained by medical professionals. It includes a complete pharmacologic guide, but it also contains clinical trials on certain medications, diagnostics, clinical tools, and journal articles.
  • Antihypertensive Medications – American Heart Association guide to drugs that lower blood pressure. Includes the assorted classifications and what they are used for.
  • Oral Diabetic Medications – Drugs for the type II diabetic patient. It includes the drug class, potential side effects and preferred dosing for each type.
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) – Outlines the treatment options, from bronchodilators to agonists.
  • Chemotherapy Pharmacology – Complete website produced by the American Cancer Society. Thorough information delineating the various chemotherapeutic agents, safety precautions, side effects, research, dosing schedules, and application.
  • Palliative Drugs – In-depth website relating to palliative pain relief. It shows the kinds of narcotics that can be safely given to the cancer patient. Includes the WHO (World Health Organization) strategy regarding education, national/state policies, and other laws. Communication laws between the healthcare provider and regulators are also discussed.
  • Antibiotic Resource Guide – Considered to be the foremost website with reference to antibiotics. Johns Hopkins University operates this website. Not only does it have a full reference guide to any and all antibiotics, it has related issues listed as well.
  • Beta-Lactam Antibiotics – Publication describing the beta-lactam antibiotic family, which includes penicillins, cephalosporins, and other related compounds with respect to antibiotic resistance and clinical application.
  • Mental Health Medications – National Institute of Mental Health website that covers the major psychiatric conditions and their associated treatments. Interactions to other common medications are discussed extensively.
  • Approved HIV/AIDS Pharmacology – Recently updated guidelines for the use of antiretrovirals in those infected with the HIV virus.
  • AIDS/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Additional resource for AIDS medications, clinical trials, investigational drugs, FDA-approved medications, and vaccines.
  • Gastrointestinal Formulary – Listing of the different types of gastrointestinal medications and uses.
  • Anticonvulsants – This website contains the numerous categories of anticonvulsant therapies available today along with the possible interactions with supplemental agents.
  • Standard Antihypercholesterolemia Medications – Describes in detail the variety of cholesterol-lowering medications and the classes, how they work, and what to monitor.
  • Anticoagulation Therapy- Excellent technical guide for the clinician on the appropriate use of antithrombotic therapy alone and in conjunction with other treatments.
  • Commonly Abused Prescription Medications – National Institute on Drug Abuse website detailing the most widely abused prescription and over-the-counter medications. Includes opioids, CNS (central nervous system) depressants, stimulants, dextromethorphan, and prescription pain killers. Trends in drug abuse are also demonstrated here.
  • Rx Assist – Dedicated database that provides information on Patient Drug Assistance Programs.