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Medicine Cabinet

medicinetop

That was the name for the cabinet over the bathroom sink in my house when I was growing up. What ever you call the place you keep medications, take a peek in my well stocked cabinet.

Brands are the proprietary names and trademarks of the pharmaceutical companies that make and distribute them. Names in parentheses are generic or chemical names. You may see either or both on labels of your medicines. With some exceptions, the medications presented require a prescription. Only selected drug categories are presented with examples. If you wish more information on selected drugs, click on the drug Category name. To return to the main listing, close the category pop-up box.

This content is for educational information only. Ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you may have about taking your medications.
Category What I call ‘em They are used for? My samples

Analgesics

pain pills headaches, muscle aches and pains Aleve (naproxen)
Aspirin
Celebrex (celecoxib)
Codeine
Motrin (ibuprofen)
Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Antacids

indigestion
pills
heartburn Prevacid (lansoprazole)
Prilosec (omeprazole)-OTC
Tums
Zantac (ranitidine)

Antiarthritic

rheumatism pills rheumatoid arthritis Aspirin
Aleve (naproxin)
Celebrex (celecoxib)
Humira (adalimumab)
Remicade (infliximab)

Antibiotics

bug killers microbial infections Amoxil (amoxicillin)
Erythromycin
Keflex (cephalexin)
Pen-Vee (Penicillin)
Septra (sulfamethoxazole)
Vibramycin (doxycycline)

Anticoagulants

blood thinners prevent blood clots Coumadin (warfarin)
Heparin
Plavix (clopidogrel)

Anticonvulsants

epilepsy drugs prevent seizures Dilantin (phenytoin)
Phenobarbital
Neurontin
(gabapentin)

Antidepressants

uppers relieve depression Elavil (amitriptyline)
Prozac (fluoxetine)
Zoloft (sertraline)

Antihistamines

cold and flu pills stops runny nose, wheezing and itchiness Allegra (fexofenadine)
Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
Claritin (loratadine)

Antihyperlipidemics

cholesterol pills lowers cholesterol levels Lipitor (atorvastatin)
Niaspan (Niacin)
Pravachol (pravastatin)
Questran (cholestyramine)
Zocor (simvastatin)

Antihypertensives

blood pressure pills lowers high blood pressure Norvasc (amlodipine besylate)
Captopen (captopril)
Inderal (propranolol)
Lotensin (benazepril)
Tenormin (atenolol)
Zestril (lisinopril)

Cardiac drugs

heart medicine treats abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, angina pain Cardizem (diltiazem)
Cordarone (amiodarone)
Inderal (propranolol)
Lanoxin (digoxin)
Nitrostat (nitroglycerin)

Diuretics

water pills lowers high blood pressure, treat congestive heart
failure
Hydrodiuril (hydrochlorothiazide)
Lasix (furosemide)

Erectile Dysfunction

man’s best friend impotency Cialis (tadalafil)
Levitra(vardenafil)
Viagra (sildenafil)

Hypnotics

sleeping pills insomnia Ambien (zolpidemtartrate)
Lunesta (eszopiclone)
Sonata (zaleplon)

Hypoglycemic agents

diabetic drugs lowers high blood sugar Diabeta (Glyburide)
Glucophage (metformin)
Glucotrol (glipizide)
Insulin

Osteoporosis therapy

mom’s bone pills strengthens bones Actonel (risendronate)
Boniva (ibandronate)
Fosamax (alendronate)

Tranquilizers

downers anxiety Valium (diazepam)
Xanax (alprazolam)

Curious about what is in your neighbor’s medicine cabinet? Think you can dope out what’s bugging him? If you click on each category name and review the contents first, you can!

Mystery Medicine Cabinet 

Thanks to Tom Suttie, R.Ph. for advice and consultation. Module created by: William J. Dyche, Ph.D.

What ails America?  In the top ten list of most prescribed drugs for 2011 are three blood pressure medications, two antibiotics, one cholesterol lowering drug, one thyroid hormone supplement, one diabetes drug, one heartburn medication, and one painkiller.  Ref: IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.