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Medications

There are medications for just about anything, whether it's a headache or something more serious. Get informed about prescription and over-the-counter drugs and medicine.

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Why are antidepressants the most prescribed drug in the U.S.?

Doctors are prescribing more antidepressant drugs than ever. What does this trend suggest? Are these drugs being overprescribed, or are patients simply more comfortable with confiding in doctors about depression?


Oxycontin 101

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 2.8 million people aged 12 or older had illegally used the prescription drug OxyContin at least once. Find out about this controversial drug. See more »

What is OxyContin?

I keep hearing about some drug called "OxyContin" in the news. What is it? Why all the fuss? See more »

Medicine administration can be done in pill form, or through injection. Learn about some of the different types of medicine administration methods. See more »

Where do the names for prescription drugs come from? See more »

How do antibiotics work?

Where do antibiotics come from, and how do they fight bacteria? See more »

Aspirin 101

Aspirin and its relatives are used to relieve all kinds of ailments. Learn about the history and chemistry of aspirin, how aspirin works against pain and aspirin side effects. See more »

How to Identify Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Do you know how to identify hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms? Learn how to identify hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

What medicines aren’t safe for infants and toddlers?

Besides being careful about the medications you give your baby directly, be aware that harmful medications get passed on to a baby via breast milk, as well. Learn more about what medications aren’t safe for infants and toddlers from this article. See more »

What do you need to know about NSAIDs?

Do you know the basics about NSAIDs? Find out the basics about NSAIDs in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Alpha blocker diuretic combinations are pharmacological agents. Learn more about alpha blocker diuretic combinations at Discovery Health. See more »