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How can I stay better informed about drugs? Is there a reliable website FDA recommends?

Try the websites www.drugs.com/fda-consumer/ or MedlinePlus

Drugs.com is designed for both consumers and health professionals. The site features FDA Consumer Update articles, videos, and slideshows.  Site users can get valuable access to information about new drug approvals, use a drug interaction checker to check the compatibility of using two drugs at the same time, identify drugs from their tablet and capsule markings, ask questions to other site users, join support groups, and much more. Site users can also subscribe to the Drugs.com electronic newsletter and also sign up to receive e-mail alerts from FDA's MedWatch.    

MedlinePlus also offers a wide range of information about prescription drugs and dietary supplements.  Additionally, this site provides information about many medical conditions and health issues treated with prescription medications.  The site also provides a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, an aid to find local health-related resources, and current health news and press announcements.  The site can be used on over 40 languages. 

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