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Provide the best possible patient care with Epocrates Online - a free, fast, and effective way to find clinical information at the point of care.

Unlike other online medical references, Epocrates Online organizes practical, peer-reviewed content with a unique patient-centered approach, providing you with answers, not more questions.

  • Continually updated, integrated drug and disease information
  • The most relevant information, by clinicians, for clinicians
  • Easy-to-use expandable menus that let you go from concise to comprehensive
  • Look up a monograph directly, or find specific information through an open-text search

Watch this 5 minute video to see how Epocrates Online can help you at the point of care.


Instantly access drug prescribing and safety information for more than 3,500 brand and generic drugs. Search for a drug by name, first letter, or class, and then review:

  • Adult and pediatric dosing for FDA-approved and off-label indications
  • Black box warnings, contraindications, and cautions
  • Serious and common adverse reactions and drug interactions (organized by clinical category)
  • Safety and monitoring information, such as pregnancy risk categories, lactation safety ratings, monitoring parameters and therapeutic drug levels
  • Manufacturer information, approximate retail pricing, and FDA/DEA status
  • Pharmacology information, including metabolism, excretion (i.e., half-life), drug class, and mechanism of action
  • Full-color pill pictures
  • Patient education handouts in English and Spanish


Your patients and caregivers will appreciate you printing these friendly medication handouts in English and Spanish. Each handout addresses common concerns such as:

  • How to take the medication
  • Possible side effects
  • What the medication looks like

Plus, confirm your patients are taking the right drug at the proper dosage, or show them what their prescription will look like, by reviewing full-color images of their medications.


There are some things you just can’t do in your head!

The powerful MultiCheck feature enables you to check for interactions among as many as 50 drugs at a time.

Potential interactions are organized by clinical category to help you determine the appropriate action.


Epocrates Online contains up-to-date, detailed formulary information for national and regional healthcare insurance formularies, including all Medicare Part D plans, and provides easy access to therapeutic alternatives.

  • Select the insurance formularies you use most often.
  • Quickly check to see which drugs are covered.
  • Find plan-specific details on copay tiers, prior authorization requirements, quantity limits, and step-therapy guidelines
  • Search for preferred therapeutic alternatives.


Easily find clinical answers to your questions about hundreds of diagnoses, with evidence-based content from the BMJ Group, publishers of the British Medical Journal.

  • Search by disease name/first letter, specific topic, or category.
  • Review key highlights or detailed diagnosis and treatment information, including:
    • Basics - Definition, Vignette, Epidemiology, Etiology
    • Diagnosis - Approach, Risk Factors, History & Exam, Tests, Differential (critical differential diagnoses highlighted), Criteria, Screening
    • Treatment - Approach, Tx Details, Emerging Tx, Prevention
    • Followup - Overview, Complications
    • References and evidence scores
    • Image Library
  • Easily access more in-depth information as needed
    • Review convenient summaries for key information.
    • Choose whether to see additional details, references, and images.


The Epocrates OTC drug module provides the latest information on hundreds of brand name over-the-counter drugs. Each product-specific monograph answers questions such as:

  • What are the active ingredients and their uses?
  • What's the dose for my patient's age?
  • What flavors are available?
  • Does the product contain alcohol, sugar, or dyes?
  • Will it interact with prescription and herbal medications?
  • Is there another product with the same active ingredients, but in a chewable or liquid form? 
  • My patient needs an analgesic, an antihistamine, and an antitussive; is there one product with all of these?
  • Is this product covered by my patient's health insurance?


Share Epocrates drug information with your colleagues and patients. Now you can easily print Epocrates information, or email up to five people at once. For example, share:

  • Entire drug monographs and monograph sections
  • Drug interaction details
  • Patient education handouts
  • Pill pictures


Epocrates Online Requirements:

  • Compatible Web Browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 2 and later
    • Safari 2 and later (for Mac)
    • Safari 3 and later (for Windows)
    • Internet Explorer 6 and later