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April 2000

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Zolpidem

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Overview Ambien is the first in a new class of sleeping medicines. It is prescribed for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Studies indicate that the stages of sleep approach normal in patients on Ambien, and there is a low incidence... (Read More)
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Triamcinolone

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Overview Corticosteroids (cortisone-like drugs such as prednisone) are very effective at easing irritation and inflammation in the upper respiratory tract (nose and lungs). The problem with oral steroids, however, is that they come with a long list of side effects... (Read More)
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Tamoxifen

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Overview Nolvadex is a nonsteroidal agent with potent antiestrogenic properties. The antiestrogenic effects allow it to compete with estrogen for binding sites in target tissues, particularly the breast. Nolvadex is prescribed to delay the recurrence of breast cancer following appropriate... (Read More)
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Sildenafil

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Overview Viagra changed the way the world viewed impotence, now referred to as "erectile dysfunction." Although there were several medications to treat this condition before Viagra, none were available in an oral formulation. Caverject (alprostadil) has to be injected into... (Read More)
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Propranolol

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Overview Inderal LA is a special long-acting formulation of a propranolol, the pre-eminent member of a class medicines called beta blockers. That means these drugs work in part by blunting the action of adrenaline, the body's natural fight or flight... (Read More)
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Prednisone

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Overview Prednisone is available both by generic name and under several brand names. It is a corticosteroid, or hormone-like medication prescribed for a wide variety of conditions.Other cortisone-like medicines that are similar to prednisone include prednisolone or Delta-Cortef, cortisone or... (Read More)
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Pravastatin

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Overview Pravachol is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol. Heart specialists recognize that coronary artery disease is associated with certain risk factors, including high serum cholesterol, bad LDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides and reduced levels of protective HDL cholesterol. Diet, exercise and... (Read More)

Phentermine

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Overview Phentermine is a fairly old prescription diet drug that has made a recent comeback. Although not an amphetamine, it is similar in many respects and is classified as a controlled substance. Phentermine is approved for relatively short-term use as... (Read More)
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Penicillin VK

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Overview Penicillin represents one of the most important drugs ever developed. Its discovery in 1946 permanently changed medicine and set the stage for man's ability to overcome what had previously been life-threatening infections. Penicillin is effective in fighting infections in... (Read More)

Paroxetine

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Overview Paxil, like the earlier antidepressant Prozac, apparently works by enhancing the action of a brain chemical called serotonin. This medication is prescribed to treat major depression, and has been shown to be effective for up to one year. Like... (Read More)
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Omeprazole

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Overview Prilosec is the first of a new class of drugs that combat acid secretion by blocking the final step. This so-called proton pump is prescribed for the short-term treatment of duodenal ulcer and for conditions of abnormal acidity such... (Read More)
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Nizatidine

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Overview Axid is a popular treatment for ulcers that helps them clear up rapidly. It works in part by suppressing the secretion of stomach acid by blocking histamine receptors in the digestive tract (H2 receptors). It is also used to... (Read More)
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Overview Nitrostat is prescribed to people who suffer chest pain due to angina. It is used both for prevention and to treat an acute attack. The medication is taken by holding it under the tongue at the first sign of... (Read More)
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Naproxen sodium

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Overview Anaprox is a pain reliever used for arthritis, menstrual cramps, headaches, dental surgery, bursitis, tendinitis, sprains, strains and other painful conditions. It belongs to a class of medications commonly called NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Side Effects and Interactions... (Read More)
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Overview Provera is derived from a natural female hormone, progesterone. It is prescribed to bring on menstrual periods or treat abnormal uterine bleeding. Although other uses have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Provera is probably... (Read More)

Lisinopril

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Overview Prinivil is one of the more recent entries in a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. The development of this group of medications almost reads like a medical mystery. It all started with the venom of a poisonous Brazilian... (Read More)

Lansoprazole

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Overview Prevacid, like Prilosec, fights acid secretion by blocking the final step. This so-called proton pump is prescribed for the short-term treatment of duodenal ulcer, inflammation of the esophagus due to acid splashback, and for rare conditions of abnormal acidity... (Read More)
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Overview Atrovent is an inhaled medication used to open the airways in chronic conditions like asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is generally used as preventive or maintenance therapy, rather than in an acute emergency where it is less effective.... (Read More)

Flurbiprofen

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Overview Ansaid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. Medications in this class are used to relieve pain associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, headaches, minor surgery, bursitis, tendinitis, sprains, strains and other painful conditions. Ansaid is prescribed primarily for rheumatoid... (Read More)

Fluoxetine

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Overview Prozac was the first of a new generation of antidepressants to come on the market. It works by enhancing the action of a brain chemical called serotonin. In a few short years this drug has become so popular that,... (Read More)

Finasteride

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Overview Proscar is a unique compound that counters some of the negative effects of testosterone in the body. It blocks an enzyme that converts testosterone to a more potent hormone called 5-alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT for short). This testosterone derivative is apparently... (Read More)
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Famotidine

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Overview Pepcid is a popular ulcer drug similar in many respects to Tagamet or Zantac. It works by suppressing the secretion of stomach acid, so it is also used to treat conditions of abnormal acidity as well as helping ulcers... (Read More)
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Overview This combination oral contraceptive contains synthetic hormones similar to the female hormones estrogen and progestin. It works primarily by preventing the release of eggs from the ovary. Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 may be prescribed in either 21 or 28-pill packets. Make... (Read More)
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Overview This natural estrogen formulation is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the country. The hormones are purified from pregnant mares' urine. Estrogen replacement therapy is prescribed primarily to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. It has... (Read More)
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Overview The conjugated estrogen formulation is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the country, under the brand name Premarin. The conjugated estrogen formulation is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the country, under the brand name... (Read More)

Cisapride

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Overview *** WARNING: THIS DRUG WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE MARKET BY THE FDA. Propulsid promotes good muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract and in so doing facilitates the proper movement of food through the system. It is prescribed for nighttime... (Read More)

Bupropion

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Overview Even before Prozac, there was Wellbutrin. It was the first of a new generation of antidepressants and was introduced in 1985, almost two years before Prozac received FDA approval. The company started shipping Wellbutrin to pharmacies around the country,... (Read More)

Raloxifene

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Overview Until fairly recently, women at risk of osteoporosis had a difficult choice: taking estrogen strengthened the bones, but increased the risk of breast cancer. Evista belongs in a new category of drugs, selective estrogen receptor modulators, or SERMs. By... (Read More)
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Overview Amoxicillin is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic in the United States. Unfortunately, the widespread use of this penicillin-like drug has led many bacteria to develop resistance to it. By adding clavulanic acid to the formulation, scientists created a medication,... (Read More)
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Amoxicillin

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Overview Polymox closely resembles other penicillin-type antibiotics. This medicine is frequently prescribed because of its broad-spectrum activity against a large number of bacteria. Polymox is effective in fighting infections in many parts of the body including the urinary tract, lungs,... (Read More)