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Micromedex

From the Micromedex homepage, enter any term, phrase, or question into the search box. Micromedex is designed to work like familiar search engines and deliver results in a clean, uncluttered interface. Micromedex automatically searches across all content to which the LRC is currently subscribed. In addition, you can conduct your search using one of the following search tools:

Drug Interactions: This tool helps you identify drug (brand name or generic) interactions, their effects, and clinical significance. You can also search by specific allergies.

IV Compatibility: Use the IV compatibility tool to pinpoint potentially dangerous IV drug combinations.

Drug ID: Assists you in identifying pharmaceutical tablets, caplets, and capsules by any of their physical characteristics such as shape, color, pattern, or imprint code.

Drug Comparison: View and compare drugs side-by-side. Compare attributes such as: dosing, administration, indications, contraindications, precautions, adverse effects, and interactions to assist you in making the most informed choice.

CareNotes: Patient education information includes handouts by condition, drug or labs. The Care and Condition Titles also includes handouts specific to inpatient, general care and discharge care.

NeoFax/Pediatrics: Unfortunately this tool is only supported on the Internet Explorer (IE) browser. In addition, items must be enabled within the browser:

  • Pop-ups
  • Cookies
  • Javascript

Other Tools

  • Tox & Drug Product Lookup: Search for drug products (by brand name, generic, or branded generic), commercial/household products and chemicals (by product name or synonym), other substances including plants and animals (by Latin or common name) or use slang terms/street names for drugs or substances
  • Calculators: All of the calculators, dosing tools, references, and nomograms that have been included in the Micromedex® application, can be found from the Calculators menu option on the main toolbar.

 

 

Notes & Resources

When searching for drug information bear in mind that the pharmaceutical literature employs different names for a substance depending on where it is in the development cycle of the drug.

  • Chemical Name - Describes the quantitative elementary composition of a compound (Databases rarely use)

  • Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS RN) - A unique code for each composition designated by the Chemical Abstracts company (Databases almost never use)

  • Investigational Drug Number, Laboratory Code, or research Number - Originating pharmaceutical companies assign codes to new drugs as a convenient way of identifying. Usually alpha-numeric. Works as a control number. (Occasionally used in databases)

  • Non proprietary or Generic Name or US Adopted Name (USAN) - FDA recognizes USAN as official designation. (Majority of databases use generic name.)

  • Brand, Proprietary, or Trade Name - Often used as a selective trademark by a manufacturer to identify a specific product. A company may have several different trade names for the same drug in different countries. (Generally not used as the main access point in databases)

  • Molecular or empirical formula - Describes the components of a compound. (Sometimes used as alternative nomenclature in databases)

There are commonly three ways to categorize drugs: action, use, or chemical derivation or affiliation. Pharmaceutical information sources commonly prefer the first two types of terminology when classifying drugs.
  • Pharmacological Action - Describes the mechanism of action of a drug or "how it works".
  • Therapeutic/Diagnostic Use - Describes the desired effect or medical "indication" of the drug.
  • Chemical Derivation or Affiliation - Groups drugs by origin or derivation.

In addition to Micromedex, the following resources focus on the therapeutic use of drugs:

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