Epocrates Rx for iPhone & iPod touch

Free mobile drug reference

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You've heard about it from your colleagues. Yes, it includes monographs for more than 3,500 drugs. Yes, it's updated at least once a week. And yes, it really is free!


Now Available

The Epocrates OTC drug module is now available. You'll get the latest information, including active ingredients, on hundreds of brand name over-the-counter drugs. Please see the tab to the left for more information.


Instantly access drug prescribing and safety information for more than 3,500 brand and generic drugs. Search for a drug by name or drug class; then you can 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
  • Approximate retail drug pricing for patients paying out-of-pocket
  • Up-to-date, detailed formulary information for national and regional healthcare insurance formularies, including all Medicare Part D plans
  • Pill pictures within the drug monograph showing you and your patients exactly what each drug looks like
  • Safety and monitoring information, such as pregnancy risk categories, lactation safety ratings, monitoring parameters and therapeutic drug levels
  • Manufacturing information including DEA/FDA status
  • Pharmacology information, including metabolism, excretion, drug class, and mechanism of action
  • Notes section for your personal notes

Drug Information

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?

See our OTC module in action »

Ever have a patient call or come to you with a pill of unknown origin? With this feature, you can identify a drug based on its physical characteristics such as color, shape and imprint code.

  • Simply select some key characteristics and quickly see a list of drugs that match the criteria, with a convenient visual reference guide 
  • Tapping on a drug image enlarges the picture, making it easier for you to see any imprint codes found on the drug and thus confirm the match

Pill ID

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

The powerful InteractionCheck enables you to check for interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time.

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

Drug Intertactions

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  • Additional specialty tools include STAT Cholesterol, BMI Tool, CardioMath, GFR Calculator, and Seattle Heart Failure Risk Calculator. Please note that these applications require a separate download in iTunes.
  • Association guidelines and reference tables

Epocrates Support

Epocrates Rx 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 and download 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
    • Step-therapy guidelines
  • Search for preferred therapeutic alternatives

Formulary Information

The Epocrates Medical Information editors continually update the Rx drug database to ensure you have the most current information available, including:

  • New drugs and interactions
  • New indications
  • Drug recalls
  • Medication safety updates from the FDA, CDC, ISMP, and AHRQ
  • Formulary status changes

To receive these updates for free, simply perform a wireless Epocrates update.

Epocrates Updates

Epocrates Rx for iPhone / iPod touch / iPad Requirements

  • iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
    Apple iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with OS 3.0 or above
  • Minimum available memory
    8 MB + 20K per free health plan formulary selected
  • Important notes:
    • Requires wireless updates
    • Set to automatically update your clinical content wirelessly upon launching the application (maximum of once per day).

Epocrates Support

Epocrates Rx is available for the following platforms: