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These quizzes cover drugs which can only be (legally) obtained when prescribed by a physician. What do you know about the drugs which keep so many people alive?
35 Prescription Drugs quizzes and 385 Prescription Drugs trivia questions.
1.
  The $25000 Drug Pyramid Part I   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about prescription and over-the-counter drugs? Start at the bottom of the pyramid with easier questions and work your way up to the insanity at the top!
Average, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Dec 10 09
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celicadriver
5253 plays
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  The $25000 Drug Pyramid Part II   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about prescription and over-the-counter drugs? Start at the bottom of the pyramid with easier questions and work your way up to the insanity at the top! Same format as Part I, different drugs.
Average, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Aug 14 13
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celicadriver
4684 plays
3.
  Simple Generic Names For Medications   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
You've probably been to the pharmacy, but do you know what the real names of your prescriptions are? Some of these may give you some trouble! Just match the drugs!
Average, 25 Qns, karen_rx, Aug 23 22
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karen_rx
Aug 23 22
11200 plays
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  Drugs: Chemical Cures Comforts and Cautions    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Drugs, where would we be without them? So many people owe their lives to drugs, literally. This quiz looks at many of the drugs available in the twenty-first century.
Average, 10 Qns, Tarkowski, Dec 18 22
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Tarkowski
Dec 18 22
318 plays
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  What a Pain!   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge on some over-the-counter and prescription pain medications available in the U.S. Don't worry, this quiz won't hurt a bit.
Average, 10 Qns, bethsch, Dec 04 14
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bethsch
4523 plays
6.
  A Lesson In Pharmacology   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Pharmacology was always one of the hardest subjects in nursing school and while taking the boards. Some of these questions may be difficult but I will try to offer some useful facts to make it worth your while.
Average, 10 Qns, mdemma, Jul 10 23
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mdemma
Jul 10 23
2600 plays
7.
  Drugs, Colorful Drugs   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The pharmacy can be a colorful place. While the colors used in drug design, packaging and marketing vary, some things almost always have the same color. How much do you know about the colors of drugs?
Average, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Nov 08 09
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celicadriver
1995 plays
8.
  Antibiotics   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Although reliable plumbing and vaccination have probably saved more lives, antibiotics were a welcome addition to healthcare in the 20th century. How much do you know about these wonder drugs?
Difficult, 10 Qns, pusdoc, Dec 08 21
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pusdoc gold member
Dec 08 21
3524 plays
9.
  Basic Hospital Pharmacy Practice   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Follow me on my shift as a pharmacy technician at a large U.S. hospital, and learn about the medications and pharmacy processes being used to help the patients on each floor.
Average, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Aug 05 08
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celicadriver
4047 plays
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  Prescribed Pills: What Are They? (USA Specific)   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you know what you are taking when your doctor prescribes you medicine or a bottle of pills? This quiz will include antibiotics to mood affecting pills. Here is a small quiz with some information. Let's see how much you know.
Average, 10 Qns, superferd, Feb 20 21
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superferd
Feb 20 21
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trivia question Quick Question
Addition of 'B' vitamins to a clear solution for intravenous injection usually turns the solution what color?

From Quiz "Drugs, Colorful Drugs"




11.
  Pharmacology A to Z   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
This quiz asks questions about several common pharmaceuticals used today.
Average, 25 Qns, rtdnlbntt, Jun 21 21
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Jun 21 21
2164 plays
12.
  In the Pharmacy: The I.V. Room   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Is there really an entire room in some hospital pharmacies just for the preparation of intravenous (I.V.) medications? Yes, there is. Take the quiz and learn about I.V. room equipment, techniques, and drugs. Note: The drug names are U.S. specific.
Average, 15 Qns, celicadriver, May 09 15
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celicadriver
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  Essential Medicines For Children    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The World Health Organization lists some medicines which are essential for a health care system to have for children. How much do you know about them?
Average, 10 Qns, Saleo, Aug 01 14
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11
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Saleo
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14.
  The Magic of Medicine   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Medicine magic: the good, the bad and the surprising!
Average, 10 Qns, jaknginger, Sep 13 19
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jaknginger gold member
Sep 13 19
397 plays
15.
  Generic    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the generic drug with the condition it is used to correct.
Average, 10 Qns, nyirene330, Dec 28 19
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nyirene330
Dec 28 19
382 plays
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  Can You Pass a Drug Test?   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just some basic prescription drug trivia.
Tough, 10 Qns, napkintosh, Jun 23 17
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napkintosh
Jun 23 17
6179 plays
17.
  Pharmacotherapy 1   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While training to be a pharmacist in Canada, one learns a great deal about the names and uses for medications. Here is a small sample of what I have studied! Please note that these questions are based on trade names and chemical names used in Canada.
Average, 10 Qns, terrastos, Mar 27 14
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terrastos
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  Drugs From Plants   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many modern medicines originally came from plants. This quiz introduces you to just a few - see what you know about your prescriptions.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Mink, Oct 31 14
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Mink
1849 plays
19.
  Antidotes!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Overdose? Poison? What to do? Take the antidote and learn about these reversal agents and other useful drugs.
Average, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Oct 24 12
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celicadriver
620 plays
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  Measuring Medicine: Milligrams, Moles, and More   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Pharmacy has come a long way since the days of "chew two leaves and call me in the morning." Flex your mental muscles and get ready to show off your knowledge of how strengths and quantities of drugs are precisely measured in today's pharmacy.
Tough, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Mar 17 09
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celicadriver
1443 plays
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  How is That Drug Supplied?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will name a dosage form (tablet, injectable, inhalation, etc.) and you will try to tell me what drug usually takes that form. Alternatively, I will name a drug, and you will try to tell me what form that drug usually takes. Ready? Let's play!
Tough, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Jan 08 10
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celicadriver
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  Pharmacotherapy 3    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This will be my third quiz on Canadian prescription and over-the counter medications, as I continue on my way to be a pharmacist. Again, all trade and generic / chemical names are based in Canada. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, terrastos, Oct 19 14
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terrastos
1918 plays
23.
  Take two and call me in the morning...   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Match the symptoms with the proper generic prescription medications.
Average, 10 Qns, nyirene330, Dec 24 21
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nyirene330
Dec 24 21
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  Pharmacotherapy 4   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In my last term of pharmacy school, I'm learning about many new classes of medications. Here's another quiz on Canadian prescription and non-prescription medications, specifically looking at the heart and circulatory system.
Average, 10 Qns, terrastos, Jun 29 12
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terrastos
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  Everything's Under Control   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The intent of the USA's Controlled Substances Act of 1970 was to decrease the abuse and recreational use of drugs. So how much do you know about these controlled substances?
Tough, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Aug 12 19
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celicadriver
Aug 12 19
840 plays
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  Pharmacotherapy 2   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Quiz number two on Canadian prescription medications! All trade and generic/chemical names are ones that are used in Canada, if any differences exist.
Tough, 10 Qns, Terrastos, Jul 07 21
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Terrastos
Jul 07 21
1385 plays
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  The Great Thalidomide Caper   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In the years after the births, thalidomide was spurned as a drug of evil and the cause of the worst human disaster of the 20th century. After being deemed unsafe to use, this drug seemed to go into hiding, and many interesting things happened...
Tough, 10 Qns, Flynn_17, Apr 09 06
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  Everything's Under Control Part II   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Listed under the USA's Controlled Substances Act, controlled substances are chemicals or drugs that have shown a potential for abuse. Here are ten questions about some of these drugs. Some tricky brand / generic questions are included.
Difficult, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Feb 10 11
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celicadriver
561 plays
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  Impossible Drug Salts    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some drugs appear as "standalone" molecules (like finasteride or clozapine), but many have salt components. Note that the term "salt" in this quiz is used in the pharmacy sense, not in the strict chemistry sense. All questions use U.S. terminology.
Tough, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Nov 09 13
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celicadriver
960 plays
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  Laxatives 101    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A basic quiz on laxatives. Someone had to write one...
Tough, 10 Qns, satguru, Jan 10 12
Tough
satguru gold member
1287 plays
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  Black Box Warnings    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In the USA black box warnings, are the strongest warnings that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) require on prescription and non prescription drug packaging. This quiz covers some of them.
Average, 10 Qns, genetheking, Aug 12 19
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genetheking gold member
Aug 12 19
206 plays
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  Pharmaceutical Knowledge   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Basic pharmaceutical knowledge.
Average, 10 Qns, Shelleyda, Aug 29 21
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Shelleyda
Aug 29 21
5293 plays
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  Find the Pharmaceutical Fakes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
One of the four medications given in the question will be fictional or actual. Using either your intuition or your knowledge, choose the odd one out.
Difficult, 10 Qns, celicadriver, Jun 27 11
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celicadriver
704 plays
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  Prescription Drugs in the US    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz contains questions about prescription drug developments in the US between April and August 2000. Most questions ask for the indication for a brand name drug product.
Difficult, 10 Qns, rph2000, Aug 08 20
Difficult
rph2000
Aug 08 20
2983 plays
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  Australian Medications    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Like many countries around the world, Australia has a large number of drugs available both over-the-counter and by prescription. This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of drugs available here in the land downunder.
Tough, 10 Qns, ecnalubma, Nov 05 21
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Nov 05 21
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Prescription Drugs Trivia Questions

1. Acetylsalicylic acid is an effective analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer). It was developed from willow tree bark, and is the main content of which widely used medicine?

From Quiz
Drugs: Chemical Cures Comforts and Cautions

Answer: Aspirin

Aspirin is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. After hundreds of years of using the willow tree bark to treat fevers, salicylic acid was isolated as the active substance it contained, and was used instead of the bark. But when taken orally, stomach cramps could result. Other forms of salicylic acid, such as salol and sodium salicylate, were synthesized, but they still had some undesirable qualities. In 1853 acetylsalicylic acid was produced by reacting salicylic acid with acetic anhydride, and was introduced as a drug in 1899 by the German Baeyer Company under the brand name of aspirin.

2. Among anesthetics, propofol is listed as an essential medicine for children. How is propofol commonly administered?

From Quiz Essential Medicines For Children

Answer: Intravenously

Propofol is a widely used anesthetic agent in surgeries. It is used as an inductive and maintenance agent. It is short acting. The main side effect of this drug is pain in the vein of injection. Other adverse effects are hypotension and vasodilation. In children, propofol can be used in sedation - before, during and after surgery. It used to alleviate their anxiety during procedures like an MRI scan and endoscopy. It has a good record of efficiency in children with minimal side effects.

3. A patient arrives in the emergency department with respiratory depression. Treatment providers suspect a narcotic overdose. What reversal agent will they give to try to bring this individual back from "death's door"?

From Quiz Antidotes!

Answer: Naloxone (Narcan)

A patient with known or suspected narcotic overdose will receive intravenous naloxone at frequent intervals (every 2-3 minutes) until his respiratory rate is in a satisfactory range. Only small doses are given, since too much Narcan at once can result in immediate and extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

4. Which class of drugs can be used to treat hypertension?

From Quiz Pharmacology A to Z

Answer: ACE Inhibitors

ACE inhibitors, ARBs, diuretics, beta blockers, and calcium channel blockers can all aid in treating hypertension (high blood pressure). The most common side effect of ACEI is a cough.

5. What color do bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol), calamine lotion, and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) all have in common?

From Quiz Drugs, Colorful Drugs

Answer: Pink

Just like that cartoon panther.

6. How is succinylcholine usually supplied?

From Quiz How is That Drug Supplied?

Answer: Intravenous injection

Many drugs are available as injections only. Succinylcholine (or 'sux,' as it is sometimes called) is a powerful paralyzing agent used to facilitate intubation (insertion of a tube into the trachea as a means for artificial respiration or general anesthesia). Vecuronium and rocuronium are two other drugs used for this purpose. Sux should be stored in the refrigerator for the long term, but unopened vials are good at room temperature for up to 90 days.

7. The first drug is one that has been in use for centuries as a painkiller. It was originally taken as a powder made from the bark and leaves of a willow tree but is more usually taken as a tablet now. Which drug am I describing?

From Quiz Drugs From Plants

Answer: Aspirin

Hippocrates recorded the use of powdered bark and leaf of willow tree being used as a painkiller and it has been used in this way by many cultures right up until the nineteenth century. In 1829 it was discovered that a compound called salicin was what gave the pain relief. From this salicylic acid was extracted and was used instead of the raw product. Unfortunately, this was very irritant to the stomach and so in 1853 a French chemist called Frederic Gerhardt developed acetylsalicylic acid which was much less irritant. He had no desire to market it though and so it remained merely a chemical discovery until 1899 when a German chemist named Felix Hoffmann rediscovered it. He worked for the German company Bayer (who are still in existence today) and persuaded them to market the compound. The name Aspirin was actually a trade or brand name originally and was made up from the A of acetyl chloride used to make it, the "spir" from the plant name spiraea ulmaria where the salicylic acid came from and given the ending "in" which was familiar to the public as a name ending for medicines. Aspirin was sold as a powder and remained a trademark of Bayer until after World War 1 when the company was forced to give it up as part of the Treaty of Versailles. Nowadays aspirin is the generic name for acetylsalicylic acid and it used probably more as an anti-platelet agent to prevent clot formation in people with heart disease than as a painkiller. However, it remains an important part of modern medicine.

8. How is the strength of lidocaine usually expressed?

From Quiz Measuring Medicine: Milligrams, Moles, and More

Answer: As a percentage

Lidocaine comes in a variety of dosage forms, including injectable, topical jelly, and oral / topical viscous solution. Common strengths are 1%, 2% and 4%. One percent lidocaine means that there is one gram of lidocaine in one hundred total milliliters of liquid solution. In addition to being a very useful topical anesthetic, lidocaine is also a cardiac antiarrhythmic - it can restore normal heart rhythm when injected intravenously during a cardiac emergency.

9. $50. Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) is a very common over-the-counter drug. To which therapeutic class does it belong?

From Quiz The $25000 Drug Pyramid Part II

Answer: NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

Ibuprofen comes in 200, 400, 600, and 800mg tablets, as well as an oral suspension. NSAIDs are very useful for relieving the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other conditions or injuries. Some other NSAIDs are ketorolac (Toradol), sulindac (Clinoril), meloxicam (Mobic), and naproxen (Aleve). NSAIDs should be taken with food, and never more than the prescribed dose, as they can have negative side effects (sometimes serious) on the digestive system.

10. $50. This drug has been used for pain relief for centuries, and now doctors prescribe it for cardiovascular health, too! It comes in 325mg tablets, 81mg tablets, and other dosage forms. What drug am I describing?

From Quiz The $25000 Drug Pyramid Part I

Answer: Aspirin

Aspirin is a salicylate analgesic (pain reliever) as well as an antiplatelet agent. (Simply put, it's a "blood thinner" that inhibits the formation of blood clots, thereby preventing a stroke or a heart attack.) It is also a fever reducer. If you have ever seen the abbreviation ASA and wondered what it meant, well, it means aspirin! APAP is the abbreviation for acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol.

11. What is the more common name of acetylsalicylic acid, an analgesic (pain reliever), which is also an antipyretic (fever reducer) and an anti platelet (blood thinning) drug?

From Quiz What a Pain!

Answer: Aspirin

Aspirin was originally derived from willow bark and is one of the oldest known pain remedies. Around 400 BC, Hippocrates wrote of a powder obtained from willow bark that lessened pain and reduced fever. Native Americans also used a derivative of willow bark to treat pain and fever. Antiplatelet drugs block the formation of blood clots by not allowing platelets to clump together. Aspirin does this by blocking production of thromboxane, a chemical platelets produce which causes clumping. Ibuprofen is an over the counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory drug. Witch hazel is a topical astringent. Many analgesics were sold in powder form before the manufacture of tablets became commonplace.

12. Acetaminophen is a drug that is widely available around the world and here in Australia, but it is sold here under a different name. What is it called in Australia?

From Quiz Australian Medications

Answer: Paracetamol

Yes, acetaminophen is paracetamol. Handy to know if you are travelling between two countries and you have a headache. Paracetamol (on its own) can be purchased in Australia from supermarkets, service (gas) stations, and even my local video store. In combination with other stronger pain-killing agents it may only be available from the local chemist (drugstore).

13. After having a heart-attack, I would most likely be taking this common medication for the rest of my life.

From Quiz Pharmacotherapy 4

Answer: ASA (Aspirin)

Post MI (myocardial infarction, or heart-attack), the anti-platelet properties of low-dose (81mg) ASA greatly reduce the likelihood of having a second heart attack. For an over-the-counter medication, that's a very important role.

14. The following are the brand names of four antibiotics. Which one does not belong?

From Quiz Pharmacotherapy 2

Answer: Amoxil

Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), and Noroxin (norfloxacin) are all members of the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics. Amoxil is amoxicillin, a member of the penicillin family of beta-lactam antibiotics.

15. Zyvox is what type of drug?

From Quiz Prescription Drugs in the US

Answer: Antibiotic

Zyvox is a new antibiotic indicated for the treatment of vancomycin resistant infections. These infections are very severe and do not respond to other antibiotics. Vancomycin has been reserved for infections not responding to other antibiotics, however mutations have made some bacteria resistant to this last resort drug prompting research into new antibiotics such as Zyvox.

16. The system of measurement in which liquid is measured in drams is the ________ .

From Quiz Pharmaceutical Knowledge

Answer: apothecary system

17. People who are suffering from minor aches and fever make use of a wide range of drugs usually classified as NSAIDs. The abbreviation stands for

From Quiz Drugs: Chemical Cures Comforts and Cautions

Answer: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

The term differentiates them from the more dangerous steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (steroids) like cortisone and prednisone. The human body produces prostaglandins, which regulate many biochemical processes in the body and send pain messages to the brain, in all its tissues. By inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, NSAIDS relieve pain; therefore, NSAIDS do not actually cure pain, but kill the messengers. Pyrogens, fever inducing substances, are also produced by the prostaglandins, so NSAIDS also reduce fevers. Some common NSAIDS include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.

18. Finasteride is a medication that has an added benefit of hair growth in men. What is the primary reason finasteride is prescribed other than for hair growth?

From Quiz The Magic of Medicine

Answer: Benign prostatic hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) causes urinary discomfort in men. They present with urinary flow and stream issues because the prostate enlarges and causes pressure and obstruction of the urethra. Finasteride is the generic name for the medication that helps with reducing the size of the prostate by blocking a hormone. This same drug is prescribed at lower doses to assist with male-pattern baldness.

19. Acetaminophen is listed as a drug for pain and palliative care. What is the other name for acetaminophen?

From Quiz Essential Medicines For Children

Answer: Paracetamol

Paracetamol is used as an analgesic and an antipyretic, i.e. fever medicine. Some common trade names are Tylenol and Panadol. It is an over-the-counter drug. Continuous usage can cause toxicity, leading to liver damage. N-acetylcystine is the antidote to paracetamol poisoning. In children, it is usually used for fever and to alleviate pain. The dosage used is usually used is around 15 milligrams per kilogram of weight. So if the child weighs 20 kilograms, then the dosage is 300 milligrams. Pediatricians advise a maximum of 90 milligrams per kilogram, if necessary and no more.

20. Anticoagulants: What is the correct generic name for the brand name drug Pradaxa?

From Quiz Impossible Drug Salts

Answer: Dabigatran etexilate mesylate

Pradaxa was introduced to the U.S. market in 2010. Its advantages over traditional anticoagulants include a greatly reduced interaction profile, simplified dosing (with regard to strength), and less frequent (if any) follow-up blood testing.

21. What is a common adverse effect of beta blocking drugs?

From Quiz Pharmacology A to Z

Answer: bradycardia (heart rate <60 bpm)

Beta blockers block the effects of the sympathetic nervous system, therefore lowering the heart rate. Beta blockers are a treatment option for hypertension.

22. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforces the Controlled Substances Act. What form does the DEA require when authorized parties transfer schedule II controlled substances to and from one another?

From Quiz Everything's Under Control

Answer: Form 222

Schedule II drugs ... Form 222 ... coincidence? DEA Form 41 is used when destroying expired or unneeded drugs from schedules III, IV, and V. DEA Form 106 should be filled out when controlled substances have been lost or stolen. And of course, IRS form 1040 is a tax form.

23. Coumadin is an anticoagulant drug. What else is coumadin used for?

From Quiz A Lesson In Pharmacology

Answer: Rat poison

Believe it or not, the active ingredient in coumadin is warfarin. Warfarin is the same ingredient in rat poison. Warfarin can slow the clotting process. When this is used therapeutically is can stop unnecessary blood clots from forming. If too much is taken then it can cause uncontrollable bleeding. The best way to manage it is using lab tests called PT/INRs.

24. Diamorphine is very powerful analgesic obtained from the opium poppy but it is probably better known by another name which was originally a trade name. What is this other name?

From Quiz Drugs From Plants

Answer: Heroin

Heroin was originally a trademark owned by Bayer, a German chemical company. The drug itself is diamorphine, or diacetylmorphine, made by acetylating morphine and was discovered in 1874 by an English chemist, C Alder Wright who was working at St Mary's Hospital in London. Bayer rediscovered it and marketed it in 1898. The name Heroin was possibly coined because it made people who took it feel heroic or because of the drug's heroic effect on pain. It was also used as a cough suppressant. Nowadays it is still used in some countries as a potent analgesic and is particularly useful in controlling pain in people with terminal cancer or other conditions when pain is difficult to control. However, its popularity as a drug of abuse has meant that it is strictly controlled and is probably better known as a street drug than for its legitimate use.

25. $100. This drug comes in a dizzying array of dosage forms and strengths, including pink-and-white 25mg capsules. Allergy sufferers will know I am talking about the antihistamine _________________.

From Quiz The $25000 Drug Pyramid Part II

Answer: Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Diphenhydramine may also be used in the short-term treatment of anxiety or insomnia, but patients can develop a tolerance fairly quickly to the sedating effects of antihistamines. In addition to the 25mg capsules already mentioned, diphenhydramine is available as 50mg capsules, an injection (50mg/ml), tablets (25 and 50mg), and an elixir (often cherry flavored, 12.5mg/5ml). My personal favorite is the topical cream. I always keep a tube handy, as it instantly relieves the itchy red little bug bite bumps I'm always getting. The little creepy-crawlies around here seem to love to feast on me for some reason.

26. $100. Loperamide comes in tablets, capsules, and an oral liquid. A typical dose is 1-2mg. It does something that opioid narcotics do, but it is actually an over-the-counter drug. So what exactly does loperamide do?

From Quiz The $25000 Drug Pyramid Part I

Answer: Treats the symptoms of diarrhea

Also called Imodium, loperamide "slows things down." Bismuth subsalicyalte (Pepto-Bismol) is another other-the-counter remedy. A narcotic option for treating diarrhea is diphenoxylate-atropine (Lomotil), a C-V controlled substance. When deciding on an over-the-counter medication for diarrhea or any condition, always carefully read and follow the directions and warnings on the package, and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of anything. Diarrhea can lead to more serious problems, or it may be a sign of an underlying condition.

27. Smaller hospitals may not have cleanrooms. Instead, they might use a sealed box with heavy-duty gloves fitted to the interior to prevent contamination of the medication being prepared. What is this device called?

From Quiz In the Pharmacy: The I.V. Room

Answer: Barrier isolator

Larger hospitals may also use a barrier isolator inside the cleanroom to prepare chemotherapeutic I.V. drugs. Chemotherapy can be very dangerous to healthy individuals, so mixing it in an isolated environment helps protect the pharmacist from being exposed to it.

28. Whose sloppy laboratory technique allowed a mould of the genus Penicillium to land on an agar dish of bacteria?

From Quiz Antibiotics

Answer: Alexander Fleming

And the rest, as they say, is history. The mold elaborated a substance which killed the bacteria - we know the substance as penicillin. This story may be a bit apocryphal. The strain of Penicillium that yields the drug is not a common mold, and may have blown up to Fleming's lab from another lab feverishly working on the same idea.

29. Medications that you can only get from a chemist or pharmacy (drugstore) often have the letter "S" followed by a number, eg "S2". What does the "S" stand for?

From Quiz Australian Medications

Answer: Poisons Schedule

ALL drugs are poisons, and in Australia are classified according to a Poisons Schedule. The rules for where certain drugs can be sold vary from state to state, and in some states the pharmacist needs to record to whom the drugs were sold. In New South Wales, S2 drugs can only be sold in a pharmacy, S4 drugs can only be sold by having a prescription. Some of the "milder" narcotic painkillers are S4, whilst stronger narcotics (morphine for example) are S8 drugs. These drugs also require a prescription, however there are more rules regarding supply on them.

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