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This application is a service of the Singapore Government.

Health Sciences Authority

Consumer Guides

  • What should I do to ensure that I take my medicines the right way?
  • Are “natural” and “herbal” health products always safer?
  • What should I take note of when giving cough and cold medicines to my toddler?
  • Is it OK for me to buy medicines from the Internet?

You will find answers to these questions and more in our Consumer Guides.

Because no health product is 100% risk free, it is important for you to understand the steps you can take to minimise these risks as responsible consumers.  These Guides provide simple, everyday tips on how you can better protect ourselves against unwanted side effects or reactions when using products ranging from western medicines, health supplements to cosmetics.

You can choose to read the articles online, or download and print them as handy information sheets in PDF format.  All our Consumer Guides can be downloaded, printed and distributed for free for personal and non-commercial use, so we welcome you to share the information with your family and friends!

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Important Note:
The information and material in our Consumer Guides are intended only for purposes of public education and general information and should not be considered as a substitute for professional advice from the user's own healthcare professional, such as a doctor or pharmacist.  The user should use his or her own discretion in deciding whether the information and material in the Consumer Guides are suitable or appropriate for his or her own purposes.  While the Health Sciences Authority has taken reasonable care in ensuring that the information and material in these Consumer Guides are accurate and up to date, it provides no warranty in this regard, and will not be responsible or held liable, whether directly or indirectly, for any damage, injury or loss arising from the use of any information or material from these Consumer Guides.