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Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments

Canada’s Trusted Reference for Minor Ailments

Image of the cover of Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor AilmentsThe scope of practice for healthcare practitioners across the country is expanding to better meet patient, community and population needs. CTMA 2019 is a trusted resource for Canada’s health care providers. CTMA 2019 presents the best-available evidence to help you manage and triage minor ailments, covering the full spectrum of therapy for over 140 conditions. This quick reference provides the tools you need to confidently assess and manage your patients’ minor ailments.

Compendium of Products for Minor Ailments (CPMA) and Compendium of Therapeutic Choices (CTC) are indispensable companions to the Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments (CTMA).

Topics include:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Assessment and treatment algorithms
  • Nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapy
  • Illustrations and photos
  • Drug tables, including brand names and relative costs of recommended therapies
  • Outcomes monitoring
  • Plain-language patient handouts
  • Suggested resources for patients

CTMA 2019 is authored by esteemed Canadian practitioners and peer reviewed by experts. A distinguished editorial advisory committee of recognized leaders in medicine and pharmacy provides strategic oversight and guidance. 

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Canadian The Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments contains unparalleled Canadian-specific content written and reviewed by Canadian expert physicians and pharmacists and managed by CPhA editors.
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Current Digital content is reviewed by our editorial team and updated regularly.
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Print: The Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments print edition is familiar and reliable. You can add notes and highlights easily, and it doesn’t need a power source.

Online: The web-based version of the Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments is updated regularly  to ensure you have the most current information available.

Data Integration: Our therapeutic content can be easily integrated into any electronic medical record (EMR), electronic health record (EHR) and drug information system (DIS) for maximum functionality and usability. Learn more about data integration



Sheila Kemp
"My practice is focused on helping patients manage their drug therapy. Therapeutics for Minor Ailments and Products for Minor Ailments are the most comprehensive and reliable resources available for information on over-the-counter products." — Sheila Kemp, Pharmacist Owner, Renfrew ON

List of conditions

Psychiatric Conditions

  • Insomnia
  • Smoking Cessation

Central Nervous System Conditions

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Heat-Related Disorders
  • Vertigo and Dizziness
  • Tinnitus

Eye Care

  • Assessment of Patients with Eye Conditions
  • Eyelid Conditions: Hordeolum, Chalazion and Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dry Eye
  • Contact Lens Care

Ear Conditions

  • Assessment of Patients with Hearing Loss, Ear Pain and Ear Drainage
  • Otitis Media and Otitis Externa
  • Impacted Earwax
  • Complications Affecting the Ear: Ear Piercing, Foreign Bodies and Barotrauma

Respiratory Conditions

  • Assessment of Patients with Upper Respiratory Tract Symptoms
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Viral Rhinitis, Influenza, Sinusitis and Pharyngitis
  • Acute Cough

Metabolic and Cardiovascular Conditions

  • Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention
  • Diabetes Care
  • Diabetes Care Devices

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • Assessment of Patients with Abdominal Pain
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dyspepsia and GERD
  • Gastrointestinal Gas
  • Infant Colic
  • Perianal Symptom Assessment
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pinworms
  • Ostomy Care


  • Infant Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Special Diets
  • Sports Nutrition

 Musculoskeletal Conditions

  • Osteoporosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Drug Use and Abuse in Sports

Foot Conditions

  • Assessment of Foot Symptoms
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Corns, Calluses, Bunions and Ingrown Toenails
  • Plantar Warts

 Dermatologic Conditions

  • A Summary of Common Skin Conditions
  • Atopic, Contact, and Stasis Dermatitis
  • Diaper Dermatitis
  • Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Perspiration and Body Odour
  • Hair Care and Hair Growth
  • Dry Skin
  • Prevention and Treatment of Sun-Induced Skin Damage
  • Drug-Induced Skin Reactions
  • Viral Skin Rashes
  • Bacterial Skin Infections: Impetigo, Furuncles and Carbuncles
  • Fungal Skin Infections
  • Fungal Nail Infections (Onychomycosis)
  • Viral Skin Infections: Common and Flat Warts
  • Parasitic Skin Infections: Lice and Scabies
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Minor Cuts and Wounds
  • Burns
  • Frostbite
  • Dressings

Reproductive, Gynecologic and Genitourinary Health

  • Vaginal Symptoms, Hygiene and Infections
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Contraception
  • Prenatal and Postpartum Care
  • Pregnancy and Fertility Testing

Dental Care

  • Teething
  • Oral Hygiene, Dental Plaque and Caries
  • Periodontal Conditions: Gingivitis and Periodontitis
  • Dental Conditions

Mouth Conditions

  • Aphthous Ulcers (Canker Sores)
  • Cold Sores (Herpes Labialis)
  • Halitosis
  • Oral Candidiasis
  • Dry Mouth

Also included:

  • Effective Patient Interactions
  • Facilitating Behaviour Change
  • Pharmacist Assessment of the Self-Treating Patient
  • Medical Devices and Aids to Daily Living
  • Home Testing
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • Information for the Traveller
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Self-Care Therapy for Common Conditions
  • Nutritional Supplements

Editorial Policy

Each therapeutic topic from CTC and CTMA is written by an expert author and is based on the best available evidence. CPhA employs a rigorous review process to ensure that the information is accurate and unbiased. Content is extensively reviewed and validated by skilled CPhA clinical editors and by external reviewers who are recognized experts (physicians and pharmacists) in their particular clinical area.

CPhA asks authors to disclose any potential conflicts of interest. CPhA does not accept funding from pharmaceutical manufacturers for any content that we develop.