Health Information by category Medication and Treatments

In this category our doctor-authored leaflets will cover all commonly prescribed medications used in the UK. They will describe what the medicines are used for, how they work (in simple, easy-to-understand language) and what side-effects may occur. If you have been prescribed a new medication recently and are wondering "What is a beta-blocker?", "Why is my doctor reluctant to give me a sleeping tablet?" or "Which contraceptive is best for me?" you will find the answer in this section.

Absolute Risk and Relative RiskACE Inhibitors
Alpha-blockersAminosalicylates
AntacidsAnthelmintics - Medicines for Worms
Antibiotic Tablets for AcneAntibiotics
AnticoagulantsAntidiarrhoeal Medicines for Acute Diarrhoea
Antifungal MedicinesAntihistamines
Anti-inflammatory PainkillersAntipsychotic Medicines
Antispasmodic MedicinesAntithyroid Medicines
Antiviral Medication for Genital HerpesAspirin and Other Antiplatelet Medicines
Benzodiazepines and Z DrugsBeta-blockers
Biological Medicines for Rheumatoid ArthritisBisphosphonates
Blood TransfusionBuprenorphine Replacement for Heroin
Bupropion (Zyban®)Calcium-channel Blockers
Chemotherapy with Cytotoxic MedicinesCholera Immunisation
Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC) PillContraception After Having a Baby
Contraception around the MenopauseContraception Guide
Contraceptive ImplantContraceptive Injection
Contraceptive PatchCough Medicines
DecongestantsDesmopressin for Bedwetting
Disease-modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)Drug Allergy
DTaP/Polio/Hib ImmunisationEmergency Contraception
Epilepsy - Contraception/Pregnancy IssuesFingertip Units for Topical Steroids
Free or Reduced Cost PrescriptionsGeneric vs Brand Name Medicines
H2 BlockersHepatitis A Immunisation
Hepatitis B ImmunisationHow to Use Eye Drops
How to Use Nose DropsHow to Use Your Eye Ointment
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) ImmunisationInfluenza Immunisation
Inhalers for Asthma (including Inhaled Steroids)Inhalers for COPD (including Inhaled Steroids)
InsulinsIntrauterine Contraceptive Device
Intrauterine SystemJapanese Encephalitis Immunisation
LaxativesLiquid Nitrogen Treatment
Local Preparations for Anal DisordersLoop Diuretics
MAOI AntidepressantsMedication after a Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)
Medicines for DementiaMedicines for Drug Dependence
Medicines for High Blood PressureMedicines for HIV and AIDS
Medicines for NauseaMedicines for Urinary Urgency and Incontinence
Medicines to Prevent Migraine AttacksMedicines to Treat Migraine Attacks
Meningococcal ImmunisationMenopause - Alternatives to HRT
Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)Methadone Replacement for Heroin
MMR ImmunisationMoisturisers (Emollients) for Eczema
MucolyticsMuscle Relaxants
Name Changes of MedicinesNicotine Replacement Therapy
NitratesOral Bronchodilators
Oral SteroidsOrlistat - Help With Weight Loss
Orlistat (Xenical®) Healthy Eating GuidePainkillers
Pelvic Floor ExercisesPeripheral Vasodilators
Pneumococcal ImmunisationPolio Immunisation
Potassium-sparing DiureticsPreventing Steroid-induced Osteoporosis
Preventing Stroke When You Have Atrial FibrillationProgestogen-only Contraceptive Pill (POP)
Proton Pump InhibitorsRabies Immunisation
RadiotherapyRubella Immunisation
Sinclair Method for Alcohol Use DisorderSleeping Tablets
SSRI AntidepressantsStatins and Other Lipid-lowering Medicines
Steroid InjectionsSteroid Nasal Sprays
Stopping Benzodiazepines and Z DrugsStrong Painkillers (Opioids)
Tetanus ImmunisationThiazide Diuretics
Tick-Borne Encephalitis ImmunisationTopical Anti-inflammatory Painkillers
Topical Steroids (excluding Inhaled Steroids)Topical Steroids for Eczema
Topical Treatments For AcneTreating Your Infection (Public Health England)
Treatments for Type 2 DiabetesTricyclic Antidepressants
TriptansTyphoid Immunisation
Useful Medicines to Keep At HomeVarenicline (Champix®)
Vertigo and How to Treat ItWhy Wasn't I Prescribed Antibiotics?
Yellow Fever Immunisation