Medication Resources for Review and Reference

The following pages are medication resources for pharmacy technicians. They are for your review and reference.


  • The H1N1 Flu is on everyone's mind these days. It is estimated that over five million people in the US alone have come down with H1N1 and nearly 6000 people have died from the virus worldwide. The page on the link below talks about the H1N1 Flu, including Symptoms, Treatment and more. H1N1 Flu Page


  • Heart disease is the top cause of death in the US and a leading cause of death worldwide. Annually there are 1.1 million people who experience a heart attack in the US. The page below discusses risk factors for heart disease, talks about what happens at the Emergency Room when a heart attack is suspected, talks about medications used in the treatment of heart disease, and lists medications used after a person has had a heart cath. Heart Health Page


  • Psychiatric Medications are dispensed at retail pharmacies all over the US, as well as community mental health pharmacies. Psychiatric medications have five classes. These categories include stimulants, antidepressant agents, anti-anxiety agents, anti-psychotic agents, and mood stabilizers. The categories are defined, and medications from each class are listed as examples. Psychatric Medications


  • The page on the link below discusses antibiotics, including a definition, classes of antibiotics, and common side effects. Antibiotics


  • There are a plethora of medications that are used to treat and prevent eye conditions. Eye drops and ointments are the most commonly prescribed medications, but in some cases oral medications, such as tablets, capsules and liquids are used. Intravenous fluids and injections may also be used. Eye Medications


  • The human ear is a unique area in the body, and its structure contributes to the development of infections. The thin skin in this area is easily traumatized and irritated, too. This is why so many people develop infections of the middle or outer ear, commonly referred to as earaches. Medications used to treat different types of ear infections are listed, including common drugs for middle ear infections and drugs for ear canal infections. Ear Medications


  • Authorization must be granted to pharmacists and technicians who dispense certain drugs. Thalomid and Isotretinoin are two such medications. The rules, regulations and laws surrounding this authorization are specific to the medication. Prescription Authorization


  • This page defines Arthritis, as well as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, and Lupus. Treatments for those conditions are discussed, including the following classes of Arthritis Medications: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Cortico-Steroids, Over-the-counter Topical Pain Relievers, Gout Medications, Chemotherapy Drugs, COX-2 Inhibitors, and Biological Response Modifiers (BRMs). Arthritis Medications


  • Diabetes, Diabetes Type 1 and 2 defined, as well as a discussion of Oral Diabetes Medications, including: Sulfonylureas, Meglitinides, Biguanides, Thiazolidinediones, Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitors, and DPP-4 Inhibitors. Insulin is also covered, including the four types of insulins (based on the speed with which it works in the body), characteristics of insulin, where insulin comes from, strengths of insulin and last but not least, potential side effects from being on insulin. Diabetes Medications


  • What causes skin disorders? What are the effects of skin problems? Common skin problems, such as acne, blackheads and whiteheads are discussed, as well as over-the-counter treatments are listed. Psoriasis is defined and treatment medications are discussed. Also, Eczema is discussed and treatment options for it are listed. Skin Medications


  • Pain medications are some of the most commonly and frequently prescribed drugs in pharmacies across the US. This page talks about what pain is and how it is experienced. On this page, "chronic pain" is defined as well. Pain medications are called "analgesics". The main pain med types are acetaminophen, NSAIDs and narcotics. Narcotic pain relieving drugs are called Opioids. This page also touches on over-the-counter pain relieving products. Pain Medications


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