Wondering whether your abdominal pain is related to your Synthroid medication or if your insomnia is a side effect of Albuterol?
The website eHealthMe.com aims to help people connect the dots between the drugs they take and how they feel. The free site merges social media and medical data to help people get to the root of their problems.
Users can find studies, anonymously ask a question or peruse queries posed by others. The site provides an extensive database of the possible side effects of 45,000 drugs, vitamins and supplements; it also connects users with other people who suffer from similar problems.
Questions are not answered by medical professionals. Instead, when someone posts a question, the site invites other eHealthMe users of the same gender and similar age who have taken the same medications to answer the question. As the site warns, this does not replace the advice of a doctor, but knowing, for example, that you’re not the only one who has experienced sudden hearing loss when using eye drops is comforting. It may also help users ask better informed questions when they do seek medical help.