Tips for Medication-Related Websites and Mobile Apps
Before computers, smart phones and iPads, researching anything on prescription drugs was much more difficult. You would have to use the Physicians Reference Desk (PRD) Guide for prescription drugs to look up information about different medications, use a calendar to keep track of the days and keep a medication list on hand in case of an emergency.
With today’s technology, you can now simply go on the Internet in order to look up drug information, use a mobile app to keep track of your medications and have your important information on file. Having this technology available makes taking medications more convenient, but it is important to keep in mind the potential dangers of the Internet and mobile apps.
How to Know Which Websites to Trust?
The main problem with using the Internet as a means of researching medications is being aware of which websites to trust since so many of them have inaccurate or outdated information. Experts, Karen Moeller, Pharm D, BCPP and
Brantley Underwood, Pharm D, MBA, have composed a list of websites that they recommend when looking for information on prescription drugs:
- MEDLINE Plus
- WebMd Health
- PubMed Health
They also recommend avoiding Wikipedia pages for medication information because anyone can update or change the content posted on a wiki page.
NAMI Makes the List
NAMI has a long-standing history of providing up-to-date, accurate and non-biased information on all of the mental health medications. Through a partnership with College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, NAMI has taken steps to make sure this information is expertly reviewed. The information provided on the Mental Health Medication page is written the NAMI way for families and individuals to be able to easily access and understand.
How to Know Which Mobile Apps to Trust?
- My Med Schedule
- My Meds
- Med Simple
- Pharmacist apps
- Script Your Future
Technology is a great resource to help with research and upkeep of medications, and it is imperative to know the technology you are using is reliable and trustworthy.