Module 4: MeSH Search Techniques for Special Queries

Specialized Searches

Adverse Effects of Drugs

You can find published accounts of the adverse effects of drugs using a combination of MeSH Terms and Subheadings.

The most relevant Subheading is adverse effects, which includes two narrower terms, poisoning and toxicity. Each of these have their own definition in MeSH.

Screenshot of adverse effects in MeSH database showing toxicity and poisoning as narrower terms

For additional information on using Subheadings, review the Module 2 section on Subheadings .

Additional Training

For an in-depth review (with practice exercises) of how to search PubMed for adverse effects of drugs, complete the Drug and Chemical Information – On Demand: Exploring New Drug Research class .