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how to know details of medicine by entering medicine name

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What ingredients are in my medicine?

30 April 2020

Knowing how find information medicine ingredients can help you make better choices about your medicines.

Medicines are made  active ingredients and inactive ingredient. They  also contain traces of other substances used during  manufacture.

Active ingredient

Active ingredient  product  medicinal effect.

Some example active ingredient are:

paracetamol pain relief medicines

 in cholesterol-lowering medicines

 acid (vitamin C)  some multivitamins.

Inactive ingredient

Inactive ingredient (also known as ) are all the other non-active ingredients used in  medicine. Some inactive ingredient are essential for  medicine function intended.

Some example of type  inactive ingredient are:




fillers that help  tablet stick together.

Manufacturing aids

A manufacturing  aid is a substance that helps make the medicine but is not meant to stay in it. Sometimes medicines have trace amount of these substances, but they are not considered medicine .

Some examples of manufacturing aids are:

soy oil used as a lubricant

egg used to culture vaccines.

How to find ingredient information

To find out about the ingredients in your medicine, check medicine label. The label include important information about the medicine, including:

the name and amount the medicine's active ingredient

any common allergens that are ingredient the medicine, such as milk  product

any common allergens used in the manufacture of the medicine that are   be present in the medicine.

Medicine labels do not always list all the inactive ingredient the medicine.

For prescription and some over-the-counter medicine, information about active and inactive ingredient is in the consumer medicines information  leaflet. also explains how to use the medicine safely. You can   pharmacist for a copy or find it through the database.

For all medicines, information about active and inactive ingredient is available on the  website, in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods ) summary  each medicine. To find the summary for a medicine, use the “Search” box by entering either the medicine name or  medicine's number (found on the label).

The  summary list the formulation of the medicine, with inactive ingredients in alphabetical order. The medicine's summary  include information on:

any manufacturing aid

the components of an (such as caffeine in a herbal extract)

the source of  ingredient ( whether an ingredient is of animal origin, or whether it is natural or synthetic)

ingredients within , fragrance mixes.

Contact  medicine company  more information about a medicine  you concerned about  allergen. The company's contact detail are on the medicine

Safety of medicine ingredient in Australia

We regulate medicines according   risk. No medicine 100% risk-free.

We assess the ingredient in medicines make sure they are appropriate for their intended purpose. example, if an ingredient is safe to use on skin but not in the eye,  may be allowed in a topical cream but not in eye drop.

Where a medicine ingredient risk, we take step to lessen the risk. We may limit the amount allowed in  medicine  a warning on the label.

Some people are sensitive  substances that do not cause any health issues  general population. If this   case for you, talk with your doctor about these sensitivities.

Medicine ingredients and pregnancy

Pregnancy information medicines  on the medicine label and in the .

Always talk  your doctor about taking  kind of medication during pregnancy.

Need more information?

If you are concerned about the ingredient or other information that may not be on a label, it is best to contact the medicine company. Their contact detail  on the medicine label.


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