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

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for osteoarthritis works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for osteoarthritis, create your Free Medication Record.

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

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Pruritus works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Pruritus, create your Free Medication Record.

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To learn if you were prescribed a drug for high blood pressure, create your Free Medication Record.

Learn more: 10 most prescribed drugs for High Blood Pressure

Is Acetaminophen completely safe?

Is very probable that most of us, at least once, have taken Acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, to treat headaches, minor pains, fever or for the common cold. However, have you ever thought about the risks of taking Acetaminophen?

Acetaminophen is considered a safe drug and that’s why we can even get it from vending machines at a public restroom. But, it’s important to be aware of which are the risks of abusing Acetaminophen before ending up at the ER. For example, let’s say you have the common flu, which means you have minor muscle pains, low fever, headache, runny nose and cough. You head out to you local pharmacy and buy Tylenol Extra Strength for the pain and Theraflu Daytime for the common cold symptoms. Both drugs recommend taking a dose every 6 hours (four times a day). What most people aren’t aware is that both of these medications contain Acetaminophen, which means your putting into your body 4.6 grams of the drug (2g from the Tylenol and 2.6g from the Theraflu), 600 milligrams above the daily dose recommended to avoid liver failure.

An over dosage of Acetaminophen (more than 4 grams daily) increases significantly the risk of liver failure. Acetaminophen, as all other drugs, is metabolized by the liver and then excreted through the urine. The excess Acetaminophen can’t be metabolized by the liver, which turns the excess into a toxin that can produce acute liver failure.

That’s why we must always consult a doctor before self-medicating an over-the-counter drug and always pay attention to the labels.

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

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Migraine Headaches works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Migraine Headaches, create your Free Medication Record.

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

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Rhinitis works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Rhinitis, create your Free Medication Record.

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

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Depression works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Depression, create your Free Medication Record.

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

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Cough works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Cough, create your Free Medication Record.

Off-label indications or uses for Propranolol

An off-label indication or off-label drug use is when a doctor prescribes a medication for a treatment that still hasn’t been officially approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). This means that a drug is being prescribed for a different use than the ones labeled to the FDA by the drug manufacturer.

In this blog post we’re going to write about the off-label uses for Propranolol, this drug belongs to a group of drugs called beta-blocking agents and works by relaxing blood vessels to reduce blood pressure. Propranolol is used for the treatment of high blood pressure, chest pain (angina) and uneven heartbeat, also can be used to prevent migraine attacks.

Off-label indications or uses for Propranolol

Esophageal Variceal Bleeding: Esophageal Variceal Bleeding can be preventing with the use of beta blocking agents such as Propranolol because this drug can reduce the portal pressure and decrease the risk of bleeding from esophageal varices.

Panic disorder: Some physicians consider that beta blockers such as Propranolol can helps to reduce panic/anxiety attacks in patients with agoraphobia. But some studies reveals that Propranolol or other beta blockers has not enough impact in the treatment of those illness

Aggressive Behavior: Propranolol is used to manage aggression in some neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and dementia.

With MatchMyRx patients and providers can match medications with medical conditions to identify off-label indications or drug uses.

 

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

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.