wikipedia prescription drugsWe assume that users already take Wikipedia with a grain of salt, but just in case you needed some further convincing: reports that Wikipedia entries on prescription drugs “may exclude important information about life-threatening side effects and drug interactions,” according to researchers from Nova Southeastern University in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

As you know, we at are all about healthcare consumers empowering themselves by learning about drugs online. We think our online pharmacy dictionary is an excellent source for this information, because it is comprised of data from sources like the FDA and, for breaking news updates, the Associated Press. In addition to our online pharmacy dictionary, there are a number of other good sources out there as well.

Unfortunately, Google is in love with Wikipedia — which means that when you search for many prescription drug names, the Wikipedia entry is one of the first selections that will pop up in your browser. Please, resist the urge to base any medical decisions on information on Wikipedia; use it only as a starting point for further research — both online and in consultation with your doctor or pharmacist.