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.

Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentAbsolute Risk and Relative Risk
ACE InhibitorsAlpha-blockers
AminosalicylatesAntacids
Anthelmintics - Medicines for WormsAntibiotic Tablets for Acne
AntibioticsAnticoagulants
Antidiarrhoeal Medicines for Acute DiarrhoeaAntifungal Medicines
AntihistaminesAnti-inflammatory Painkillers
Antipsychotic MedicinesAntispasmodic Medicines
Antithyroid MedicinesAntiviral Medication for Genital Herpes
Aspirin and Other Antiplatelet MedicinesBedwetting - Desmopressin
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 from 40 to the MenopauseContraception Guide
Contraceptive ImplantContraceptive Injection
Contraceptive PatchCough Medicines
DecongestantsDisease-modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
Drug AllergyDTaP/Polio/Hib Immunisation
Emergency ContraceptionEpilepsy - Contraception/Pregnancy Issues
Fingertip Units for Topical SteroidsFree or Reduced Cost Prescriptions
Generic vs Brand Name MedicinesH2 Blockers
Hepatitis A ImmunisationHepatitis B Immunisation
How to Use Eye DropsHow to Use Nose Drops
How to Use Your Eye OintmentHuman Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunisation
Influenza ImmunisationInhalers for Asthma (including Inhaled Steroids)
Inhalers for COPD (including Inhaled Steroids)Insulins
Intrauterine Contraceptive DeviceIntrauterine System
Japanese Encephalitis ImmunisationLaxatives
Liquid Nitrogen TreatmentLocal Preparations for Anal Disorders
Loop DiureticsMAOI Antidepressants
Medication after a Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)Medicines 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
Sleeping TabletsSSRI Antidepressants
Statins and Other Lipid-lowering MedicinesSteroid Injections
Steroid Nasal SpraysStopping Benzodiazepines and Z Drugs
Strong Painkillers (Opioids)Tetanus Immunisation
Thiazide DiureticsTick-Borne Encephalitis Immunisation
Topical Anti-inflammatory PainkillersTopical Steroids (excluding Inhaled Steroids)
Topical Steroids for EczemaTopical Treatments For Acne
Treating Your Infection (Public Health England)Treatments for dementia
Tricyclic AntidepressantsTriptans
Typhoid ImmunisationUseful Medicines to Keep At Home
Varenicline (Champix®)Vertigo and How to Treat It
Why Wasn't I Prescribed Antibiotics?Yellow Fever Immunisation