Medicines

Find reliable information on medicines available in Australia, including our latest evidence-based information and resources for both health professionals and consumers. Our site also includes the consumer medicine information (CMI) for most prescription and some non-prescription medicines.

Brain & nervous system (Central nervous system)  

Find medicines for sleep problems, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and mental health conditions including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Medicines in this category include antidepressant medicines, and other mental health medicines, including those for dementia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Complementary medicines (Herbal and other complementary medicines)  

Read about some common complementary (also known as ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ medicines) and their evidence for effectiveness including fish oil supplements  and echinacea, vitamin C and zinc for respiratory tract infections.

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Digestive system (Alimentary system)  

Find medicines for digestion problems, stomach ulcers, constipation, diarrhoea, and anal or rectal disorders.

Medicines in this category include antidiarrhoea medicines, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as omeprazole, laxatives, and topical creams e.g. haemorrhoid ointments and suppositories.

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Ear, nose, mouth & throat (Ear, nose & oropharynx)  

Find medicines used directly in the ear, nose, mouth or throat.

Medicines in this category include topical ear medicines such as ear drops, nose medicines e.g. nasal sprays, and mouth and throat medicines e.g. lozenges and mouthwashes.

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Eye (Eye)  

Find medicines for glaucoma, eye examinations and procedures, inflammatory or allergic eye conditions, dry eyes, and eye infections.

Eye drops and ointments, eye injections, acetazolamide tablets, and contact lens solutions are included in this category.

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Heart, blood & blood vessels (Cardiovascular system)  

Find medicines for controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and lipids, blood clots or bleeding, migraine, and heart conditions including angina and heart failure.

Medicines in this category include anti-clotting medicines (such as aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin), beta blocker medicines, diuretics, and adrenaline injections for treating anaphylaxis.

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Hormonal & metabolic system (Endocrine & metabolic disorders)  

Find medicines for diabetes, osteoporosis, menopause, sex hormones and reproductive system problems, and thyroid and pituitary gland disorders.

Medicines in this category include corticosteroids, insulin, sex hormones such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and red blood cell production medicines.

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Infections & infestations (Infections & infestations)  

Find medicines for treating bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, and parasitic infestations.

Medicines in this category include antibiotics, and antimalarial, worm and tuberculosis medicines.

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Muscles, bones & joints (Musculoskeletal system)  

Find medicines for reducing muscle spasms, muscle weakness, or pain and swelling in muscles, joints, or soft tissues.

Medicines in this category include anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, rheumatoid arthritis and antigout medicines, and medicines for multiple sclerosis.

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Pain relief (Analgesia)  

Find medicines for pain relief or fever.

Medicines in this category include simple pain reliever and fever medicines such as aspirin, paracetamol, and opioid pain relievers such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone.

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Respiratory system (Respiratory system)  

Find medicines for asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cough.

Medicines in this category include inhaled corticosteroid and bronchodilator medicines, oral decongestants, and and other respiratory medicines including those for cystic fibrosis.

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Skin (Skin)  

Find medicines for acne, inflammatory or allergic skin conditions, warts, head lice, and skin infections including cold sores and tinea.

Creams, ointments, lotions, sunscreens, medicated shampoos, and leg ulcer dressings are included in this category.

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Surgical preparations (Surgical preparations)  

Find medicines, dressings and other preparations used in surgery.

Medicines in this category include anaesthetics, muscle relaxants, and blood volume replacement fluids.

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