About this site

If you are looking for information you can trust, to help you make choices about health for yourself or for your family, this site is for you.

It’s free to access and it aims to summarize Cochrane Reviews, giving you key messages from the review of the science.

What is Cochrane?

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, independent, not-for-profit organisation, funded by a variety of sources including governments, universities, hospital trusts, charities and personal donations. Learn more about the Collaboration here.

Cochrane's vision is that making decisions in healthcare should be informed by high-quality, timely research evidence. Each Cochrane systematic review addresses a specific question and a team of dedicated researchers then find and review the relevant clinical studies, in a systematic and unbiased way, and translate the results into information we can use. Sometimes reviews provide good evidence that a treatment does or does not work, or perhaps that it has side-effects. Sometimes the review finds that there is not enough high-quality evidence to answer the question, but it’s important to know what we don’t know!

What are Cochrane Reviews?

Cochrane Reviews study clinical trials in healthcare. These papers clarify the effects of medical treatments used for the care of patients. They are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care.

Each review considers a clearly designed question; for example: Do antibiotics reduce the symptoms of a sore throat? The next step is to locate for all the research on that topic. The quality of the studies is then compared to stringent guidelines.

The resulting data is collated and used to establish if there is decisive proof that a treatment works or does not work. In addition, all reviews are updated regularly, to ensure that your decisions are based on the most up-to-date and reliable information.

Cochrane Reviews are so widely recognized, that many countries purchase national subscriptions so everyone can access the journal. Cochrane Reviews contain the most rigorous application of scientific methods, so if you want to learn more, pay a visit to Cochrane Training.

Search by variant (brand) drug name

This site uses data from DrugBank to enhance the search experience by allowing users to enter any brand name for a drug and have their search disambiguated to redirect to the relevant Cochrane Summaries. As requested by DrugBank, we hereby cite the original DrugBank papers:

  1. DrugBank 3.0: a comprehensive resource for 'omics' research on drugs. Knox C, Law V, Jewison T, Liu P, Ly S, Frolkis A, Pon A, Banco K, Mak C, Neveu V, Djoumbou Y, Eisner R, Guo AC, Wishart DS. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan;39(Database issue):D1035-41.
    PMID: 21059682
  2. DrugBank: a knowledgebase for drugs, drug actions and drug targets. Wishart DS, Knox C, Guo AC, Cheng D, Shrivastava S, Tzur D, Gautam B, Hassanali M. Nucleic Acids Res. 2008 Jan;36(Database issue):D901-6.
    PMID: 18048412
  3. DrugBank: a comprehensive resource for in silico drug discovery and exploration. Wishart DS, Knox C, Guo AC, Shrivastava S, Hassanali M, Stothard P, Chang Z, Woolsey J. Nucleic Acids Res. 2006 Jan 1;34(Database issue):D668-72.
    PMID: 16381955