AskaPatient.com - Medication Ratings and Health Care Opinions

This website "reports patient ratings and rankings of pharmaceuticals and prescription drug side effects. Database includes FDA-approved pharmaceuticals."

http://www.askapatient.com

You can Search by Drug Name:
http://www.askapatient.com/rateyourmedicine.htm

You can add ratings for the medications you take or look at ratings and comments from other patients.

For example:

cetirizine
http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=19835&name=ZYRTEC

simvastatin (scores rather low)
http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=19766&name=ZOCOR

Please note that I am not sure how useful the site is, and obviously, this post is not an endorsement or recommendation.

Related readings:

How reliable are those patient driven rating sites? Notes from Dr. RW, 2010.
Analysis of 4,999 Online Physician Ratings: most patients gave positive reviews (2011 study) http://goo.gl/LgG5L - It begs the question: couldn't researchers add 1 more for a round number 5,000?
Image source: AskaPatient.com.

2 comments:

  1. Every patient reacts differently to every drug, and some patients don't fully comply with orders, which decreases the effectiveness of the drug. Also, the mental state of the patient plays a role. Lastly, since anyone can leave a recomendation, the drug companies can easily write 100 glowing reviews for their drug.

    This concept of the website scares me. I am all for patients taking control of their health, but this turns prescriptions into a popularity contest. This debate should be had with the doctor, who has years of medical background to make an informed decision

    Jesse Katz
    Founding Team Member
    www.healthleap.com

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  2. "This concept of the website scares me."

    Yep.

    But does Wikipedia scare you too?... :)

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