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What ingredients are in my medicine?

30 April 2020

Knowing how to find information medicine ingredients can help you make better choices about your medicines.

Medicines are made  active ingredients and inactive ingredients. They can also contain traces of other substances used during  manufacture.

Active ingredients

Active ingredients  product  medicinal effect.

Some example active ingredient are:

paracetamol in pain relief medicines

 in cholesterol-lowering medicines

 acid (vitamin C) in some multivitamins.

Inactive ingredients

Inactive ingredients (also known as ) are all the other non-active ingredients used in  medicine. Some inactive ingredient are essential for  medicine to function intended.

Some example of type of inactive ingredient are:




fillers that help a tablet stick together.

Manufacturing aids

A manufacturing  aid is a substance that helps make the medicine but is not meant to stay in it. Sometimes medicines have trace amount of these substances, but they are not considered medicine ingredie.

Some examples of manufacturing aids are:

soy oil used as a lubricant

egg used to culture vaccines.

How to find ingredient information

To find out about the ingredients in your medicine, first check medicine label. The label include important information about the medicine, including:

the name and amount of the medicine's active ingredient

any common allergens that are ingredient in the medicine, such as milk  products

any common allergens used in the manufacture of the medicine that are  to be present in the medicine.

Medicine labels do not always list all the inactive ingredient in the medicine.

For prescription and some over-the-counter medicine, information about active and inactive ingredients is in the consumer medicines information  leaflet. The also explains how to use the medicine safely. You can ask  pharmacist for a copy or find it through the database.

For all medicines, information about active and inactive ingredients is available on the  website, in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods ) summary for each medicine. To find the summary for a medicine, use the “Search” box by entering either the medicine name or the medicine's number (found on the label).

The  summary lists the formulation of the medicine, with inactive ingredients in alphabetical order. The medicine's summary does not include information on:

any manufacturing aids

the components of an (such as caffeine in a herbal extract)

the source of an ingredient ( whether an ingredient is of animal origin, or whether it is natural or synthetic)

ingredients within , fragrance or colour mixes.

Contact  medicine company  more information about a medicine  you concerned about possible allergen. The company's contact detail are on the medicine label.

Safety of medicine ingredients in Australia

We regulate medicines according  their risk. No medicine is 100% risk-free.

We assess the ingredient in medicines to make sure they are appropriate for their intended purpose. For example, if an ingredient is safe to use on skin but not in the eye, it may be allowed in a topical cream but not in eye drop.

Where a medicine ingredient has risk, we take step to lessen the risk. We may limit the amount allowed in a medicine  a warning on the label.

Some people are sensitive to substances that do not cause any health issues  general population. If this is  case for you, talk with your doctor about these sensitivities.

Medicine ingredients and pregnancy

Pregnancy information medicines is on the medicine label and in the .

Always talk to your doctor about taking  kind of medication during pregnancy.

Need more information?

If you are concerned about the ingredients or other information that may not be on a label, it is best to contact the medicine company. Their contact detail are on the medicine label.


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Consumer Medicines Information 

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