User Reviews and Ratings are a great way to share personal experiences with medications that you, your family, or loved ones are taking. At this help center, you’ll find information about the service and answers to your top questions. Your contributions will help us build the Web’s most valuable drug and treatments information resource.
What are User Reviews and Ratings?
WebMD's Drugs & Treatments database contains overviews on thousands of prescribed and over-the-counter drugs. And users can provide their personal ratings, reviews, and recommendations for medications they’ve tried, which makes this database even more valuable for people who are facing a medication choice.
Who can review their experiences with medications?
You should review drugs that you have a first-hand experience with. In some cases, you might also rate a drug that is for a loved one. An example of this would be rating a medication that your elderly parent is using for Alzheimer’s, or giving a review for a pediatric decongestant for your young child.
How do I review my medications?
We ask three questions around the treatment – Did the medication work for you? Was it easy for you to use? Were you overall satisfied? One star means that you weren’t happy with the results. Five stars means that you were very satisfied.
Why do you ask what particular condition I'm using the drug for?
Some drugs treat multiple conditions. For example, Wellbutrin is a popular antidepressant but is also sometimes used for ADD and for smoking cessation. By telling us the specific reason you’ve taken a medication, that information will be much more helpful for users who are looking for information about a prescribed medication for their specific condition.
How is the optional background information used?
The more other users know about the users rating the drugs, the more valuable those ratings become. An 18-year-old college student might have a different experience with a particular medication than a post-menopausal woman of 60 on the same drug. Once we have a good sampling of this data, we’ll begin letting you search the effectiveness of a drug in individuals similar to you.
You ask for a description of my experience with the treatment. What would you like me to write there?
Whatever you think would be useful to others. For example, maybe it’s not easy to rate your particular medication just using a star system. There could have been complications with using the medication at first that later disappeared. Or, there could have been other circumstances when you were taking the drug (for example, perhaps you were treating two conditions at one time) that you’d like to explain in more detail. Anything that you think would be helpful to other readers; we would love to know about it.