5 most prescribed drugs for osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic conditions of the joints characterized by the wear and tear of the cartilage that covers the bones. Osteoarthritis affects 27 million people in the United States, specially the knees, hands, hips and spine of people over 65 years.

What causes osteoarthritis?

  • Being overweight
  • Age related wear and tear
  • Joint injuries
  • Genetics
  • Bone deformities

Symptoms of osteoarthritis:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling around the joints
  • Loss of flexibility

5 most common drugs for treating osteoarthritis: 

1 DICLOFENAC SODIUM
2 IBUPROFEN
3 TRAMADOL HCL
4 NAPROXEN
5 MELOXICAM

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7 most prescribed drugs for Pruritus

What is Pruritus?

Pruritus is the feeling you get when you have itchy skin, that sensation that makes you want to scratch like crazy. Pruritus is a symptom for several health conditions which irritate or dries the skin, producing red patches or bumps that provoques itching.

What causes Pruritus?

Pruritus may be caused simply by having dry skin or by other health conditions, such as:

  • Allergies
  • Contact to irritants
  • Pregnancy
  • Eczema
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Nerve disorders
  • Drug side effects (antibiotics, antifungals and narcotics)

Symptoms of Pruritus:

  • Red patches
  • Bumps
  • Scales
  • Blisters
  • Dry skin

7 most common drugs for treating Pruritus: 

1 AMMONIUM LACTATE
2 TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE
3 HYDROCORTISONE
4 CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE
5 CORDRAN
6 HYDROXYZINE HCL
7 METRONIDAZOLE

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5 most prescribed drugs for Migraine Headaches

What are Migraine Headaches?

A Migraine Headache is a continuos throbbing and pulsing pain of the head. Migraines are usually characterized as moderate to severe and concurrent headaches. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days, leaving people disabled in bed until the pain goes away. Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population suffer from migraine headaches, the 6th most disabling illness in the world.

What causes Migraine Headaches?

Migraines can be triggered by:

  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Brain chemical imbalance of serotonin
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Some medications
  • Exposure to light
  • Environmental changes
  • Lack of food or water

Signs you’re having a Migraine Headache:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Visual impairment (aura, vision loss)
  • Pulsating and throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness

5 most common drugs for treating and preventing Migraine Headaches: 

1 IBUPROFEN
2 TOPIRAMATE
3 GABAPENTIN
4 BUTALBITAL+ACETAMINOPHEN+CAFFEINE
5 NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

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7 most prescribed drugs for Rhinitis

What is Rhinitis?

Rhinitis is an inflammation of the of mucous membrane of the nasal cavity. The inflammation results in the generation of large amounts of mucus producing a runny nose, as well as a stuffy nose. The most common is allergic rhinitis, caused by allergens, such as pollen.

What causes Rhinitis?

  • Allergens like pollen and dander
  • Common cold
  • Nasal irritation
  • Bacterial infection
  • Viral infection

Symptoms of Rhinitis:

  • Watery itchy eyes
  • Nasal congestion or stuffy nose
  • Mucus drainage to the back of the throat
  • Sneezing
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

7 most common treatments for Rhinitis: 

1 FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE
2 LORATADINE
3 CETIRIZINE
4 PROMETHAZINE HCL
5 LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHCL
6 ZYRTEC
7 AZELASTINE HCL

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5 most prescribed drugs for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

What is Major Depressive Disorder?

A Major Depressive Disorder is a mental condition and mood disorder in which the patient has had depression symptoms for more than 2 weeks straights. Between 20% and 25% of adults may suffer an episode of major depression at some point during their lifetime.

What causes a Major Depressive Disorder?

The cause for depression is still unknown, although is attributed to genetics or biological, psychological and social factors.

  • Genetics
  • Chronic and terminal conditions
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Drug induced depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Depression due to low levels of sunlight
  • Financial distress

Signs of Depression

  • Sense of hopelessness
  • Unmotivated to do day to day activities: work, study, sleep eat
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • Weight loss or weight gain

5 most common drugs for Depression 

1 ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE
2 QUETIAPINE FUMARATE
3 PAROXETINE HCL
4 SERTRALINE HCL
5 FLUOXETINE HCL

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Learn more: Depression Infographic

7 most prescribed drugs for Cough

What is Cough?

Cough is not a condition but rather as a sudden common reflex to clear the throat and air ways of mucus, irritants, fluids and foreign objects. Frequent couching can be related to a health condition such as a respiratory infection, common cold, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, tuberculosis, heart disease and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Cough can also be due to smoking, air pollution or by inhaling fumes.

Signs of Cough

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Runny nose
  • Allergies
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal drip
  • Heart

7 most prescribed drugs for Cough

1 PROMETHAZINE DM
2 BROMPHENIRAMINE, PSEUDOEPHEDRINE AND DEXTROMETHORPHAN
3 PROMETHAZINE HCL
4 BENZONATATE
5 PROMETHAZINE W/CODEINE
6 HYDROCODONE POLISTIREX AND CHLORPHENIRAMINE POLISITREX
7 MONTELUKAST

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30 most prescribed drugs in the United States (February 2017)

Most prescribed drugs in the United States:

1 METFORMIN HCL
2 METOPROLOL
3 ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM
4 LISINOPRIL
5 IBUPROFEN
6 SIMVASTATIN
7 AMLODIPINE BESYLATE
8 AMMONIUM LACTATE
9 OMEPRAZOLE
10 ALBUTEROL
11 AMOXICILLIN
12 LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM
13 LOSARTAN POTASSIUM
14 GABAPENTIN
15 TAMSULOSIN HCL
16 CARAFATE
17 HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
18 VOLTAREN
19 DICLOFENAC SODIUM
20 OMEGA-3-ACID ETHYL ESTERS
21 CRESTOR
22 NAPROXEN
23 CARVEDILOL
24 KETOCONAZOLE
25 BROMPHENIRAMINE+PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HCL+DEXTROMETHORPHAN
26 ALPRAZOLAM
27 TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE
28 AMOXICILLIN+CLAVULANATE POTASSIUM
29 PROMETHAZINE DM
30 GLIMEPIRIDE

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5 most prescribed drugs for Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder when people have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can be a short term or long term condition, causing depression, irritability and low energy. Insomnia is usually associated to other psychological or medical conditions.

Why can’t I sleep?

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Working night shifts
  • Medical conditions: chronic pain, heartburn, hyperthyroidism, menopause
  • Psychological conditions: stress, anxiety, depression

Symptoms of Insomnia

  • Can’t fall asleep during the night
  • Day sleepiness
  • Walking up at night
  • Walking up to early
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability

5 most common sleep remedies for Insomnia

1 GABAPENTIN
2 ZOLPIDEM
3 TEMAZEPAM
4 TRAZODONE HCL
5 ALPRAZOLAM

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4 most prescribed drugs for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

What is Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects the urinary system (bladder, kidneys, ureters or uretra). When it affects the lower urinary tract it is known as cystitis and when it affects the upper urinary tract it is known as pyelonephritis.

What causes Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

  • In women: wiping from back-to-front can bring bacteria from the anus to the urethra.
  • Sex (Honeymoon Cystitis)
  • Urinary catheterization
  • Using public bathrooms
  • Enlarged prostate

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

  • Pelvic pain
  • Cloudy urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Burning sensation when urinating

4 most common treatments for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

1 METRONIDAZOLE
2 CEPHALEXIN
3 CIPROFLOXACIN HCL
4 AMOXICILLIN

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5 most prescribed Birth Control Pills

What is a Birth Control Pill?

The Birth Control Pill is also called Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (COCP), it is used as a birth control method that includes a combination of an estrogen and a progestogen. Women take the pill by mouth to prevent pregnancy, and, when taken correctly, it is up to 99.9% effective.

It is very important to know that the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV. It is recommended to use two types of contraceptives, for example, latex male condom and birth control pill.

How does Birth Control Pill works?

To get pregnant an egg has to be fertilized by a man’s sperm, it happens when an egg is released from the ovary and is in contact with the sperm. The fertilized egg attaches to the inside of a woman’s uterus, where it receives nutrition and develops into a baby. Hormones in the woman’s body control the release of the egg from the ovary (ovulation) and prepare the body to accept the fertilized egg.

The Birth Control Pill, as a hormonal contraceptive, contains a small amount of man-made estrogen and progestin hormones, which work to inhibit the body’s natural cyclical hormones and prevent pregnancy.

How to use Birth Control Pills?

Most common oral contraceptives come in a set of 21 or 28 pills. Twenty-one-day pill packs contain 21 active pills, you should take one pill daily, preferably at the same hour each day and, once you finish the package, you rest for 7 days without taking any pills, in this period is when menstruation happens, and then you start a new pack.

Twenty-eight-day pill packs contain 21 active pills and 7 placebo (inactive) pills. The pill packs are marked with the days of the week to remind you to take a pill every day. The seven inactive pills in the 28-day pill pack are added so that you are reminded to start a new pill pack after 28 days.

It’s important to always take all the pills to be sure you are protected from getting pregnant.

How to choose the best Birth Control Pill?

If you have never taken a birth control pill before, you should go to the doctor, he or she will examine you and, with a blood test, he or she will prescribe the best combination of oral contraceptives for you. There are many different combinations of oral contraceptives and other forms as contraceptives, such as vaginal rings, injections, etc. Please consult your doctor to learn which contraceptive works best for you.

5 most prescribed Birth Control Pills

1               TRI PREVIFEM

2               LOESTRIN FE

3               ENSKYCE

4               MINASTRIN FE

5               LEVONORGESTREL+ETHINYL ESTRADIOL

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