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Therapeutic Classification   Effect or Action  
Analgesic   Relieves Pain  
Antidepressant   Elevates Mood  
Antihypertensive   Increases arterial blood vessels to control blood pressure.  
Anti-inflammatory   Relieves irritation and swelling of tissue.  
Antibiotic   Treats bacterial invasion and infections.  
Antihistamine   Provides relief from allergies.  
Anti-neoplastic   Slows tumor growth of and destroys malignant cells.  
Anti-psychotics   Treatment of psychosis  
Antiemetics   Prevents and relieves nausea and vomiting  
Antiviral   Inhibits viral growth  
Bronchodilators   Treats asthma by dilating the bronchi  
Cardiotonics   Increases the force of the myocardium  
Cholinergic Blockers   Affects the autonomic nervous system  
Cholinergic   Mimics activity of the parasympathetic nervous system  
Contraceptive   Prevents conception/pregnancy  
Decongestant   Relieves nasal and sinus congestion by reducing swelling of the nasal passages  
Diuretics   Increases the secretion/urine out put by the kidneys  
Emetics   Promotes vomiting  
Histamine/H2 Antagonists   Inhibits histamine at the H2 receptor of the stomach  
Hormones (Females)   Prevents symptoms of menopause  
Hormones (Males)   Testosterone therapy to prevent Andropause  
Immunologic Agents (Vaccines)   Protection and immunity against disease  
Insulin/ Oral Hypoglycemics   Control of diabetes  
Laxatives   Increases bowel evacuation  
Sedatives and Hypnotics   Sedatives relax and calm/ hypnotics induce sleep  
Stimulants   Increase activity of the central nervous system  
Thyroid and Antithyroid   Increases or decreases the amount of the thyroid hormone produced  
Anthelmintics   Kills parasitic worms  
Antagonism   One drug decreases the effect of another drug  
Chemical Name   First name given to any medication it identifies the chemical components of a drug.  
Contraindication   Reasons why a medication would not be prescribed  
Indication   Medication is prescribed for (Usage)  
Interaction   How two or more drugs interact  
Generic Names   Name assigned to a drug during research and development  
Trade Name   Brand Name- Registereed by the U.S. patent office. Available for commercial use and distribution.  
Pharmacodynamics   The study of the ways drugs act on the body (actions on specific cells, organs, or tissues)  
Pharmacokinetics   The study of the action of the drugs within the body based on the route of administration (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion)  
Potentiation   One drug prolongs or multiples the effect of another  
Synergism   Two drugs working together  
Side effect   Predicable reactions to medications (not allergies)  
Schedules   Rating system issued by the DEA to regulate controlled substances.  
Anaphylaxis   Severe allergic reaction up to and including death  


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