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Online Drug Information Resources (June 2015): Lexicomp

By Kristy Steigerwalt


Lexicomp ( is a point-of-care, subscription-only clinical database for health care professionals and students. The initial interface is clean, with a single search box. Page-loading time is reasonable. Users may navigate drug monographs via a menu that appears after a monograph is selected; hyperlinks allow searchers to jump to components of the monograph. Users may filter results by lab/disease, drug, international drug information, toxicology, or patient education content. Searches may be limited to monograph names, adverse reactions, contraindications, charts/special topics, interactions (including severity and herbal medications), use, warnings/precautions, NDC, methodology, pharmaceutical category, or field name. A”did you mean” function helps with misspellings. Links facilitate user feedback, and the site offers a user guide and help section. Printing capabilities are enabled, and newer monographs are present. The dates of last update are current and present for individual monographs. Related clinical links lead to reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine.

Distinctive features include a pill identifier, interactive drug interaction checker, ten interface languages, comparative efficacy information within monographs, extensive dosing recommendations for diverse populations, clinical practice guidelines, specific patient education recommendations, material on drugs of abuse, and extensive medication calculators with their own search features. Of note, the calculator search does not account for misspellings. The interface is clean, easily navigable, and intuitive; the content provided is succinct, easy to use, clinically relevant, and current.


Highly recommended for all health practitioners and students as a current, evidence-based, multifaceted point-of-care tool. Given its complex content, this reference is not recommended for other library patrons.