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
AntibioticsAnticoagulants
Antidiarrhoeal Medicines for Acute DiarrhoeaAntifungal Medicines
AntihistaminesAnti-inflammatory Painkillers
Antipsychotic MedicinesAntispasmodic Medicines
Antithyroid MedicinesAntiviral Medication for Genital Herpes
Aspirin and Other Antiplatelet MedicinesBeta-blockers
Biological Medicines for Rheumatoid ArthritisBisphosphonates
Blood TransfusionBuprenorphine Replacement for Heroin
Bupropion (Zyban®)Calcium-channel Blockers
ChemotherapyCholera Immunisation
Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC) PillContraception After Having a Baby
Contraception from 40 to the MenopauseContraception Guide
Contraceptive ImplantContraceptive Injection
Contraceptive PatchCough Medicines
DecongestantsDisease-modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
Drug AllergyDTaP/Polio/Hib Immunisation
Emergency ContraceptionFingertip Units for Topical Steroids
Free or Reduced Cost PrescriptionsGeneric vs Brand Name Medicines
H2 BlockersHepatitis A Immunisation
Hepatitis B ImmunisationHuman Papillomavirus (HPV) 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
Medicines for Drug DependenceMedicines 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 (Weight Loss Medicine)
Orlistat (Xenical®) Healthy Eating GuidePainkillers
Palliative CarePeripheral Vasodilators
Pneumococcal ImmunisationPolio Immunisation
Potassium-sparing DiureticsPreventing Steroid-induced Osteoporosis
Progestogen-only Contraceptive Pill (POP)Proton Pump Inhibitors
Rabies ImmunisationRadiotherapy
Steroid InjectionsSteroid Nasal Sprays
Strong Painkillers (Opioids)Tetanus Immunisation
Thiazide DiureticsTick-Borne Encephalitis Immunisation
Topical Anti-inflammatory PainkillersTopical Steroids (excluding Inhaled Steroids)
Topical Steroids for EczemaTreating Your Infection (Public Health England)
Treatments for dementiaTriptans
Typhoid ImmunisationUse of Oxygen Therapy in COPD
Useful Medicines to Keep At HomeVarenicline (Champix®)
Vertigo and How to Treat ItYellow Fever Immunisation