• Looking for a lactose-free preparation?
  • Want to know which medicines are licensed for rheumatoid arthritis?
  • Polypharmacy - need to know which drug may be causing a particular side-effect?
  • Contra-indications? Need help selecting a suitable medicine?

The advanced search by SmPC section lets you search for words or phrases that are present or absent in one or more sections of the SmPC. We have provided a couple of examples below:


Which paracetamol preparations are lactose free?


Step 1: Find SmPCs which contain paracetamol

  1. In the SmPC section drop down box, select section 2 (qualitative and quantitative composition)
  2. Select ‘contains’
  3. Type paracetamol into the ‘search words/phrase’ box
  4. Click ‘Add’

Step 2: Find SmPCs which do not contain lactose

  1. In the SmPC section drop down box, select section 6.1 (list of excipients)
  2. Select ‘does not contain’
  3. Type lactose into the ‘search words/phrase’ box
  4. Click ‘Add’
  5. Click ‘Search’ at the foot of the page.
  6. You can sort and filter your results and you can also select how many items you want per page.


Which medicines are licensed for rheumatoid arthritis?


Build your search as described in example 1. Put phrases in double quotes.

Click ‘Add’ and then click ‘Search’.


Note:

  • If you are not sure which section to search, read our SmPC guide in the glossary.
  • Each SPC section can only be selected once. 
  • Multiple search terms can be added for each search section and can be combined with and, or, not
  • Search by section does not search for synonyms and so searching for heart will not find cardiac. You might need to type in synonyms to cover all the options; for example, heart or cardiac. However matching word stems are automatically found; for example typing in tablet will find tabletscap will find capsule, caplet.