Thursday, September 27, 2007
Top 10 Prescribed Drugs
Patients are always complaining that they take so many prescription drugs. Most drugs people take are not treatment but are preventing disease and early death. That's why they are taken chronically. (and are such a financial boon for the pharmaceutical industry). The top 10 drugs prescribed by Internists in 2006 are:
1. Lipitor (a statin for high cholesterol..now used for diabetes too)
2. Lisinopril (an Ace inhibitor for high blood pressure and diabetes and congestive heart failure)
3. Hydrocodone/APAP (a narcotic pain reliever..you know it as Vicodin)
4. Atenolol ( a beta blocker used for high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and migraine)
5. Hydrocholorothiazide (a diuretic mainly used for high blood pressure)
6. Levothyroxine (a thyroid replacement)
7. Furosemide (a diuretic called Lasix used for congestive heart failure)
8. Norvasc (a calcium channel blocker used for high blood pressure and angina)
9. Metformin (used for diabetes and polycystic ovary called glucophage)
10. Toprol XL (a beta blocker used for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure)
I was surprised there were no antidepressants or antianxiety pills on the list. Ten years ago, Valium would have been there. Does this mean we are getting more mentally healthy as our vessels and blood pressure deteriorates?
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