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oxymetazoline (AFRIN, DRISTAN NASAL SPRAY/MIST, DRIXORAL NASAL SOLUTION, DURAMIST NASAL DECONGESTANT SPRAY, NEO-SYNEPHRINE DROPS/SPRAY, NOSTRILLA NASAL DECONGESTANT, RHOFADE, VICKS SINEX NASAL SPRAY/MIST)


DISEASE AND DRUG FAMILY INFORMATION

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Antipsychotic Drugs: Dangerously Overused
Antipsychotic drugs, also called neuroleptic drugs or major tranquilizers, are properly and successfully used to treat serious psychotic mental disorders, the most common of which is schizophrenia. In younger adults, an alarming number of those with schizophrenia who could and often have previously benefited from antipsychotic drugs are not receiving them. They are seen, among other places, on the streets and in homeless shelters. In older adults, the problem is not underuse but, rather, gross overuse by people who are not psychotic.

DRUG AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROFILES

A comprehensive review of the safety and effectiveness of this drug. If the drug is not a Do Not Use product, information on adverse effects, drug interactions and how to use the medication are included.
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fexofenadine and pseudoephedrine (ALLEGRA D); loratadine and pseudoephedrine (CLARITIN D, CLARITIN D 24); promethazine and phenylephrine (PROMETHAZINE VC); triprolidine and pseudoephedrine (ACTIFED)
  • We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because it is an irrational combination of ingredients and the individual ingredients either have safer alternatives or are ineffective.
pseudoephedrine, triprolidine, and codeine (TRIACIN-C)
  • We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because it is an irrational combination of ingredients and for one ingredient a safer alternative is available.
guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine (GUIFENEX PSE, MUCINEX D, ROBITUSSIN PE SYRUP)
  • We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because it is an irrational combination of ingredients and one of the ingredients is ineffective.
hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine (TUSSICAPS); promethazine and codeine (); promethazine and dextromethorphan ()
  • We list these drugs as Do Not Use drugs because they contain an irrational combination of ingredients.
hydrocodone and homatropine
  • We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because it is an irrational combination of ingredients and one ingredient causes memory impairment, confusion, hallucinations, and retention of urine, without clear evidence that it is effective.
guaifenesin and dextromethorphan (MUCINEX DM, ROBITUSSIN COUGH+CHEST CONGESTION DM, ROBITUSSIN-DM)
  • We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because it is an irrational combination of two Do Not Use drugs.

WORST PILLS, BEST PILLS NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

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Zinc as a Cold Remedy: Still Waiting for Good Evidence
November 2013
A familiar and heavily promoted remedy for colds, zinc has not been found to have very important benefits. This article analyzes studies purporting to show such benefits.
Drug Mix-Ups
June 2011
This article lists 355 drugs with names that are often confused with similar-sounding drug names. Find out what you can do to prevent getting the wrong drug.