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.