By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 29 Comments
    Simvastatin

    Overview Zocor (generic name simvastatin) is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol. Heart specialists recognize that coronary artery disease is associated with certain risk factors, including high…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 10 Comments
    Sucralfate

    Overview Carafate is a unique anti-ulcer medication that appears to work in part by forming a protective layer over stomach sores and speeding healing. It may also reduce some of the damage caused by …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 35 Comments
    Sumatriptan

    Overview Imitrex is the first of a new kind of medicine prescribed to treat migraines. It works through serotonin receptors to cause constriction of blood vessels to the brain. This in turn stops a mi…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Tacrine

    Overview Although Cognex is by no means a brand-new drug, it has only recently been approved for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. This medication is not a cure, and not all patients respond we…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 22 Comments
    Terazosin

    Overview Hytrin (generic name terasozin) is a blood pressure medicine that relaxes the muscles lining the blood vessels. This reduces their resistance to blood flow. This same action, of smooth muscle…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Theophylline

    Overview Theo-Dur is a commonly prescribed oral asthma medication that helps open the airways. Theo-Dur is an extended-release formulation that enables patients to control breathing symptoms with one…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 30 Comments
    Thyroid hormones

    Overview Thyroid hormones come in a variety of formulations and brand names. Natural products made of dried thyroid glands from beef and pork are sold as Armour Thyroid, Thyroid Strong and Thyroid US…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 16 Comments
    Timolol

    Overview Timoptic eye drops are very effective at lowering pressure within the eyeand have helped provide an important advance in the treatment of some types of glaucoma. The active ingredient, timolo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 23 Comments
    Tramadol

    Overview Ultram is a new type of pain reliever. Although it appears to work in part by blocking opioid recepters, it is not considered a narcotic. It is prescribed for moderate to moderately severe pa…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 11 Comments
    Valsartan

    Overview Diovan is an angiotensin II blocker, similar to Cozaar. It is prescribed for high blood pressure, alone or in combination with other drugs. Because African-American patients benefit less tha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 104 Comments
    Venlafaxine

    Overview Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) was introduced as an antidepressant, although it is sometimes used to treat other mental conditions such as panic disorder. Venlafaxine is classified as an SNRI-a s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 3 Comments
    Verapamil (slow release)

    Overview Calan belongs to a class of medicines called calcium channel blockers. Because of their safety and effectiveness, these drugs have helped revolutionize the treatment of high blood pressure. O…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 27 Comments
    Atorvastatin

    Overview Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is among the most popular of the statin drugs that widely prescribed for treating high cholesterol. All of these medications lower cholesterol levels by keeping the …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 6 Comments
    Benazepril

    Overview Lotensin is one of a group of drugs that includes Vasotec and Capoten. These medications are called ACE inhibitors because they affect an enzyme (angiotensin-converting enzyme) important in r…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 5 Comments
    Doxazosin

    Overview Cardura is used to treat high blood pressure. It may also be prescribed in combination with other drugs to treat congestive heart failure.Doctors may also prescribe it to treat symptoms of be…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 4 Comments
    Etodolac

    Etodolac (Lodine) belongs to a class of medications commonly called NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is prescribed for the management of pain and is also used both for short-term and…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 2 Comments
    Fluvastatin

    Overview Lescol is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol. Coronary artery disease is associated with certain risk factors, including high serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, elevated triglyceri…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Fosinopril

    Overview Monopril is one of a group of drugs that includes Vasotec and Capoten. These medications are called ACE inhibitors because they affect an enzyme (angiotensin-converting enzyme) important in r…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Indapamide

    Overview Lozol is a new kind of diuretic or water pill. It is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure as well as certain other serious conditions in which fluid builds up in bod…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 3 Comments
    Digoxin

    Brand Names Lanoxin Overview Digoxin was once a very widely prescribed heart medication used to treat congestive heart failure and irregular heart rhythms, particularly atrial fibrillation, but it ha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 4 Comments
    Lovastatin

    Overview Mevacor is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol. Heart specialists recognize that coronary artery disease is associated with certain risk factors, including high serum cholesterol, bad L…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Methylphenidate

    Overview Ritalin is a mild stimulant prescribed primarily for attention deficit disorder (ADD), with or without hyperactivity. Ritalin should not be the sole treatment for ADD, which is best managed i…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 11 Comments
    Nabumetone

    Overview Lodine (generic name nambutone) belongs to a class of medications commonly called NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is prescribed for both short-term and long-term treatment …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 161 Comments
    Naproxen

    Overview Naprosyn (Naproxen) is a pain reliever used primarily for arthritis. Like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, it may also be prescribed for menstrual cramps, bursitis, ten…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Potassium chloride controlled release

    Overview Micro-K is a specially formulated potassium supplement designed to slowly release potassium and chloride over 8 to 10 hours. By taking potassium this way, patients are not supposed to experie…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 19 Comments
    Risperidone

    Overview Risperdal is the first in its class, a new kind of medicine prescribed to treat psychotic disorders. Clinical studies show that it is effective against the symptoms of schizophrenia such as h…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 15 Comments
    Terbinafine

    Overview Lamisil is prescribed to treat fungal infections of the toenails or fingernails. In clinical trials, 70 percent of patients had eradicated fungus from toenails after 12 weeks of treatment; 79…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 2 Comments
    Tretinoin

    Overview This acne medication is available in cream, gel and liquid formulations in various strengths. It is very effective in cases of mild or moderate acne, and that is the only condition for which …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 8 Comments
    Acetaminophen with codeine

    Overview Acetaminophen and codeine is an excellent analgesic combination for mild to moderate pain relief. It can ease the discomfort of a bad toothache or the aftermath of minor surgery, as well as a…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Albuterol

    Overview Proventil is the most commonly prescribed asthma inhaler in this country. Although this medicine is also available in tablet form for oral use, the aerosol formulation is less likely to cause…