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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.
CategoryWhat I call ’emThey are used for?My samples

Analgesics

pain pillsheadaches, muscle aches and painsAleve (naproxen)
Aspirin
Celebrex (celecoxib)
Codeine
Motrin (ibuprofen)
Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Antacids

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

Antiarthritic

rheumatism pillsrheumatoid arthritisAspirin
Aleve (naproxin)
Celebrex (celecoxib)
Humira (adalimumab)
Remicade (infliximab)

Antibiotics

bug killersmicrobial infectionsAmoxil (amoxicillin)
Erythromycin
Keflex (cephalexin)
Pen-Vee (Penicillin)
Septra (sulfamethoxazole)
Vibramycin (doxycycline)

Anticoagulants

blood thinnersprevent blood clotsCoumadin (warfarin)
Heparin
Plavix (clopidogrel)

Anticonvulsants

epilepsy drugsprevent seizuresDilantin (phenytoin)
Phenobarbital
Neurontin
(gabapentin)

Antidepressants

uppersrelieve depressionElavil (amitriptyline)
Prozac (fluoxetine)
Zoloft (sertraline)

Antihistamines

cold and flu pillsstops runny nose, wheezing and itchinessAllegra (fexofenadine)
Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
Claritin (loratadine)

Antihyperlipidemics

cholesterol pillslowers cholesterol levelsLipitor (atorvastatin)
Niaspan (Niacin)
Pravachol (pravastatin)
Questran (cholestyramine)
Zocor (simvastatin)

Antihypertensives

blood pressure pillslowers high blood pressureNorvasc (amlodipine besylate)
Captopen (captopril)
Inderal (propranolol)
Lotensin (benazepril)
Tenormin (atenolol)
Zestril (lisinopril)

Cardiac drugs

heart medicinetreats abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, angina painCardizem (diltiazem)
Cordarone (amiodarone)
Inderal (propranolol)
Lanoxin (digoxin)
Nitrostat (nitroglycerin)

Diuretics

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

Erectile Dysfunction

man’s best friendimpotencyCialis (tadalafil)
Levitra(vardenafil)
Viagra (sildenafil)

Hypnotics

sleeping pillsinsomniaAmbien (zolpidemtartrate)
Lunesta (eszopiclone)
Sonata (zaleplon)

Hypoglycemic agents

diabetic drugslowers high blood sugarDiabeta (Glyburide)
Glucophage (metformin)
Glucotrol (glipizide)
Insulin

Osteoporosis therapy

mom’s bone pillsstrengthens bonesActonel (risendronate)
Boniva (ibandronate)
Fosamax (alendronate)

Tranquilizers

downersanxietyValium (diazepam)
Xanax (alprazolam)

Curious about what is in your neighbor’s medicine cabinet? Think y
ou 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.