Drugs

Frequently Asked Questions on Popular Topics

Approved Drugs

  • How is medicine approved by FDA?
  • How can I find out if my medicine is approved by FDA?

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

How do I find out if a drug is approved? Is there a Web site I can go to?

Side Effects

  • How can I find out about side effects or safety concerns for my drug?
  • Do drugs have risks?
  • How do I report a suspected drug side effect

Treatments for Medical Problems

  • What approved drugs are available to treat my disease?
  • Since FDA cannot provide information about drugs in development, where can I go to learn more about them?

How can I get access to a drug that is in testing but has not yet been approved?

Generic Drugs

  • What are generic drugs?
  • Is there a generic equivalent for my brand-name drug?
  • Are generic drugs as effective as brand-name drugs?

Prescription Drugs and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs

  • What is the difference between prescription drugs and OTC drugs?

Dietary Supplements

  • What is a dietary supplement?
  • Where can I find information about dietary supplements?

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