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A Closer Look at Common Prescription Medications


Millions of Americans take at least one form of prescribed medication at any given time, to either treat an existing health condition or to try to prevent a new condition or complication from developing.  This is a list of some of the more common medications currently prescribed in the United States.

Adderal. This popular amphetamine is used to help treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It helps to control such symptoms as behavioral outbursts and the ability to pay attention and stay focused.

Ambien. For people who have chronic sleeping problems, Ambien claims to help prevent insomnia, make it easier to fall asleep and sleep for longer periods of time.

Celebrex. This NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) is prescribed to relieve inflammation, pain, and stiffness, most often associated with arthritis.

Fosamax. A treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of bone), Fosamax Plus D has added vitamin D, which helps the body build stronger, healthier bones by aiding in the absorption of calcium.

Glucophage. This medication is used to help manage type-2 diabetes. Glucophage helps to lower the levels of sugar in the bloodstream by decreasing sugar production and absorption and assisting to improve the body’s response to its own insulin stores, which encourages the burning of sugar.

Heparin. This drug thins the blood to prevent clots in the arteries, lungs, and veins. It is typically prescribed prior to surgery.

Lasix. Lasix is a potent diuretic used for treating high blood pressure or swelling that is linked to congestive heart failure, liver disease, or kidney disease.

Lipitor. This cholesterol-lowering drug claims to effectively reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Lorpressor. This medication serves as a beta-blocker that counteracts the stimulating effects of adrenaline, which can speed up the heart and nervous system to harmful levels and lead to high blood pressure.

Paxil. This powerful anti-depressant is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized and social anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorders with or without the fear of being in open or public places.

As with all medications, it’s important to discuss your options with your doctor and disclose any other medications you may be taking, including herbal remedies that may interact with one another. Read the labels carefully and don’t hesitate to ask your physician or pharmacist if you have any questions.


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