Uncovering Drugs for You
No, Medzii’s aim is to provide useful personalized information to you so that you can have better conversation with your healthcare provider. Medzii recommendations should not be used as a replacement for a professional medical opinion. Medzii does not assume any liability resulted from the uses of our information.
We update our data on a bi-weekly basis to ensure the consistency and accuracy of the data.
No, Medzii is a self-funded company. We started Medzii with the mission to provide people with drug information that is completely transparent and objective. We do not and will not partner with a pharmaceutical company. You can rest assure that our information is unbiased.
An individual’s risk score is based on two types of data: data about drugs and supplements and data about the person.
On the drugs and supplements side, we grade products based on their interactions, side effects, adverse drug reactions, pregnancy grade, recall history, and ingredients. Medzii's analysis is based on information that appears on drug and supplement labels, along with data from the FDA. Medzii does not receive any additional input from manufacturers.
At the same time, we also personalize the risk score based on each user’s health profile. We analyze the risk score based on how the side effects, ADRs, interactions, and allergy affect your health conditions. We also take into account the severity of the reactions in our calculation.
A prescription drug is a pharmaceutical drug that legally requires a medical prescription to be dispensed.
Over the counter drugs is a pharmaceutical drug that can be obtained at retail stores without a prescription.
We categorize medications that do not fall under prescription or over the counter as miscellaneous, for example, a vaccination or a bio-solution.
A drug can have interactions with other drugs, ingredients, food, and conditions. Drug interaction may cause the drug to be less effective or lead to serious adverse effects. Medzii analyzes how active and inactive ingredients may interact with your personal health condition.
We use machine learning algorithms to predict potential drug interactions. We acquire data from various sources included but not limited to FAERS, Offside, TwoSides, Pubchem, and more. You’ll see the predicted chance of interaction in percentage. The higher the percentage, the higher the predicted chance of drug interaction is.
The interaction may occur and may be bothersome, but the outcome is not clinically significant.
The interaction may deteriorate the patient’s condition. Monitoring by your doctor for the possible manifestations of the interaction is required.
The interaction may be life-threatening or may cause permanent damage. Regular monitoring by your doctor is required.
The interaction can directly or indirectly contribute to death of patients.
We classified the rarity of ADRs and side effects as follows:
More than 1 in 10 people are affected.
Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people are affected.
Between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 people are affected.
Between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 10,000 people are affected.
Fewer than 1 in 10,000 people are affected.
Insufficient information to determine the rarity.
Many drugs come in several dosage forms, for example, tablet, capsule, or liquid. Every dosage form contains the same active ingredients but not necessarily the same inactive ingredients. Some dosage forms may interact with your medications or cause allergic reactions. Different dosage form can result in different risk score depending on the ingredients contained in each form.
Even though brand name and generic drugs must have the same active ingredients, they don’t necessarily have the same inactive ingredients and manufacturing process. Generic drugs manufactured by different companies don’t have to include the same inactive ingredients as the other ones. Therefore, it is highly possible that the same generic drug can affect an individual differently based on its manufacturer.
It is important to be aware of who manufactured your medications, especially if you have serious health conditions or allergies. Medzii lets you choose all available manufacturers of each drug and precisely calculate the risk score based on a product’s ingredients.
A side effect is a secondary, typically undesired effect of a medication regardless of the dosage. All medicine can cause side effects, especially if not used as advised. Side effects are studied during medical trials and drug development in order to weight the benefit over risks, so side effects are expected. We display side effect rarity in 7 levels: long term, very common, common, less common, rare, and unknown.
Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR)
An Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) is an unwanted or harmful reaction caused by taking a drug correctly. ADR is typically unforeseen or undocumented during the development process of a drug.
ADR is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. There are over 2 million serious ADRs and over 100,000 deaths from ADR yearly (read more here.)
Minor reactions may cause some discomforts, but usually described as insignificance. Normally, there is no need for an antidote, therapy or prolonged hospitalization.
Moderate reactions may be described as annoying, distressing or intolerable. Active treatments, testing or evaluation to assess the extent of non-serious outcome is required.
Major reactions may be life-threatening or may cause permanent damage. People who develop a major adverse drug reaction must stop the medication or must be treated.
Lethal reaction may directly or indirectly contribute to the death of patients.
A Recall is when a drug or supplement is removed from the market either voluntarily by the manufacturer or as requested by the FDA. Recalls are classified by the FDA in three classes.
A dangerous or defective product that could cause serious health problems or death.
A product that might cause a temporary health problem or pose a slight threat of a serious nature.
A product that is unlikely to cause any adverse health reaction, but that violates FDA labeling or manufacturing laws.
Medzii considers the number of recalls issued by the FDA or the manufacturer of the Product. If there is a current ongoing recall, we will automatically increase the risk of the product based on the level of the ongoing recall.
A drug may be discontinued and pulled from the market because of risks to consumers as well as commercial reasons such as high cost of production or lack of demand.
Some medications can increase the falling risk for seniors.
Some prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs carry prominent addiction warnings to protect consumers from potential abuse and addiction.
The FDA issued a five letters labeling system A, B, C, D, F, X to indicate the potential of a drug to cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. The categories were determined by assessing the reliability of documentation and the risk to benefit ratio.
Note: In 2015, the FDA has changed the pregnancy grading system by removing the five letters labeling. The FDA replaced the old system with narrative sections and subsections which include:
Pregnancy (includes Labor and Delivery):
Lactation (includes Nursing Mothers) :
Females and Males of Reproductive Potential
We purposefully display the letter grading system and the new narrative sections together to help you make informed decisions with all available information. The letter labeling system is also still widely used in foreign countries like Australia.
A Contraindication is a specific condition where a drug should not be used as it may be harmful to the person.
A box warning is a type of warnings that appears on prescription drug labels to draw attention to serious or life-threatening risks.
We provide alternatives for your condition based on related symptoms, FDA warnings, recalls and comparative effectiveness of other drugs.
Pharmacist Suggestions are alternatives suggested by our team of pharmacists.
Similar Drugs are AI-generated options computed based on uses of the drug.
Your Personalized Health Profile is your personal health information that we use to personalize your Medzii risk. The information you provide includes the following:
If your current medications have any interactions with other medications, your conditions or food, you’ll see the interactions and their severity level in the Interactions section of the Profile.
When you search for a drug or supplement, you will also see the Medzii risk personalized based on your Profile.
You can add your medication to your profile by clicking the navigation bar at the top right corner of the app and go to Profile. Then go to My Medications and tab the plus sign at the top to add new medications. Once you enter the name of your medication, choose the dosage form and manufacturer and click Complete. You can also add a medication directly from its product page by clicking the plus sign at the bottom right corner of the app and click Add to My Medications.
Go to My Conditions and tab the plus sign to add new conditions. Enter the name of your condition, then click Add Condition.
Go to My Supplements and tab the plus sign to add new conditions. Enter the name of your condition, then click Add Supplement.
To remove medications/conditions/supplements from your profile, you can either swipe left on the item on your list or go the product page, click the plus sign at the bottom right corner and then select Remove from My Medications/My Conditions/My Supplements.
To view your personal interactions, go to Profile and then click on Interactions. You can view your Food-Drug interactions, Drug-Drug interactions, and Condition-Drug interactions based on the medications and conditions you entered in your profile. You can click on the interaction to read the description of each interaction.
You can bookmark a page to view later by clicking the plus sign at the top right corner of a page, then select Add to Bookmark. You can bookmark medications, conditions, side effects, health tips, ingredients, or news. To view your bookmarked pages, click the navigation bar at the top right corner, then select Bookmarks.
Mobile app: Click on the navigation bar at the top right corner, then select Profile. You can edit your profile name by clicking on it directly and type the new name in.
Click Edit then enter your date of birth, sex, height, weight, and email. You can add a profile picture by clicking on an avatar then choose if you want to take a picture or select a picture from your camera. After you’re finished editing, click Save at the top right corner to save the change.
Go to the navigation bar at the top right corner, then select Setting. Enter the previous password and the new password, then click Update Password.
Go to Setting, then turn on Touch ID.
Go to Setting, then Clear My Data. Clearing all data from your device includes your medical ID, history, reminders, and bookmarks.
Go to Setting, then Notification Setting. You can choose if you want to receive notifications on your device, show preview, and get recall notification.
Go to Setting, then Measurement Setting. You can change your height from feet to cm and weight from pound to kg.
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