About medicines

Combination medicines 

Combination medicines (also known as fixed-dose combinations or FDCs) can contain two or more active ingredients, and may be used to treat single or multiple conditions. Read more about combination medicines, and their advantages and potential disadvantages. 

Complementary medicines 

Complementary medicines, such as herbal and alternative medicines, can have benefits, but also side effects, and may interact with prescription medicines. Like all medicines they need to be used with care. Read how you can use complementary medicines safely. 

Consumer medicine information (CMI) 

Consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflets are designed to inform consumers about prescription and pharmacist-only medicines. The CMI gives you important facts to know before, during and after taking your medicine. 

Find the active ingredient 

Most medicines have two names: the active ingredient and the brand name. The active ingredient identifies the chemical in the medicine that makes it work. Find out why it's important to know your medicine's active ingredient

Generic medicine brands 

Medicines with the same active ingredient may be available under two (or more) brands: an original brand and a generic brand (or brands). They work in the same way but have different brand names and packaging. Find out more about generic brands and your medicine choices

Regulation and trials 

Learn how the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approves medicines in Australia, and what Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing is. Read also why clinical trials are important and what they tell us about medicines. 

Preventive health 

Read about the latest evidence and guidelines for preventive healthcare, with a focus on medical tests and interventions recommended for people in their 40s.