Medicines

Independent and trusted reviews and tests of medicines, including cold and flu medicines, and pregnancy multivitamins, as well as advice about flu shots, and mixing medicines.

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Foods and medications that don’t mix

Some food and drugs shouldn't be taken together.

16 Jul 2014 | Eating particular foods when you’re taking some medication can reduce the effectiveness of your drugs or even be bad for your health.

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Pain relief drugs: Panadol and Nurofen

Drug companies have convinced consumers to pay much more for paracetamol and ibuprofen than they need to.

12 Jun 2014 | Panadol and Nurofen are responsible half the sales of pain relief drugs in Australia. But when it comes to their active ingredients - paracetamol and ibuprofen - a generic brand is just as good.

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Cough, cold and flu treatments

We look at which over-the-counter and natural remedies help combat colds and flu.

28 Jun 2013 | Learn how to prevent and effectively treat your common cold and flu symptoms.

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Contraception options expert guide

CHOICE reviews long term and short term contraception, including new generation pills, rings, implants and injections.

13 Jun 2013 | CHOICE's health experts compare contraceptive options available in Australia, including long-acting reversible methods, hormonal injections, IUD, the pill and emergency contraception.

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Prescription medicine

Is the government’s unsavvy spending on prescription medicines costing consumers millions of dollars more per year than they need to pay?

8 May 2013 | We reveal how the price of prescription medicines in Australia compares to that in other countries.

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Multivitamins

There’s a multivitamin out there for every age and gender, but do you really need one?

3 Aug 2012 | While it’s tempting, and not uncommon, to take multivitamins as a nutritional insurance policy, it’s far more beneficial to your health to improve your diet.

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Pregnancy multivitamins

Are they essential, or just a pricey gimmick?

1 Sep 2011 | There are plenty of specialist multivitamin on the market for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Can they be beneficial, or are they just a gimmick?

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Discount medicines

See how much you can save on the 10 top-selling medicines simply by shopping around.

3 Jun 2010 | Our CHOICE price comparison shows dramatic savings on both prescription and non-prescription medicines, depending on which pharmacy you shop at.

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The dangers of mixing medicines

CHOICE investigates adverse events associated with medication and what can be done to prevent them.

11 Sep 2009 | Our reliance on medicines has dramatically increased, and mixing them can prove a dangerous cocktail. CHOICE explains who’s at risk and why.

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Buy generic drugs and save

How to save money on your prescription medication.

25 Nov 2008 | A generic drug is a copy of a branded drug. It's chemically equivalent to its branded counterpart but usually costs less.

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