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  • Halcion    a form of benzodiazepine (trade name Halcion) frequently prescribed as a sleeping pill; usually given to people who have trouble falling asleep
  • Haldol    tranquilizer (trade name Haldol) used to treat some psychotic disorders and Tourette's syndrome
  • Haloperidol    tranquilizer (trade name Haldol) used to treat some psychotic disorders and Tourette's syndrome
  • Halothane    a nonflammable inhalation anesthetic that produces general anesthesia; used along with analgesics and muscle relaxants for many types of surgical procedures
  • Helium    a very light colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses; the most difficult gas to liquefy; occurs in economically extractable amounts in certain natural gases (as those found in Texas and Kansas)
  • Hexachlorophene    antibacterial substance that is a water soluble powder used in antiseptic soaps and toothpaste
  • Hexadrol    a corticosteroid drug (trade names Decadron or Dexamethasone Intensol or Dexone or Hexadrol or Oradexon) used to treat allergies or inflammation
  • Hour    distance measured by the time taken to cover it; a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day; clock time; a special and memorable period
  • Humulin    a form of insulin (trade name Humulin) made from recombinant DNA that is identical to human insulin; used to treat diabetics who are allergic to preparations made from beef or pork insulin
  • Hyaluronidase    an enzyme (trade name Hyazyme) that splits hyaluronic acid and so lowers its viscosity and increases the permeability of connective tissue and the absorption of fluids
  • Hydralazine    an antihypertensive drug (trade name Apresoline) that dilates blood vessels; used (often with a diuretic) to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure
  • Hydrochlorothiazide    a diuretic drug (trade name Esidrix and HydroDIURIL) used in the treatment of hypertension
  • Hydrocortisone    an adrenal cortex hormone (trade names Hydrocortone or Cortef) that is active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism
  • Hydrocortone    an adrenal cortex hormone (trade names Hydrocortone or Cortef) that is active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism
  • Hydrodiuril    a diuretic drug (trade name Esidrix and HydroDIURIL) used in the treatment of hypertension
  • Hydrogen peroxide    a viscous liquid with strong oxidizing properties; a powerful bleaching agent; also used as a disinfectant and (in strong concentrations) as an oxidant in rocket fuels
  • Hydroxyzine    a drug (trade names Atarax and Vistaril) used as a tranquilizer to treat anxiety and motion sickness
  • Hydroxyzine hydrochloride    a drug (trade names Atarax and Vistaril) used as a tranquilizer to treat anxiety and motion sickness
  • Hygroton    a diuretic (trade names Hygroton and Thalidone) used to control hypertension and conditions that cause edema; effective in lowering blood pressure to prevent heart attacks
  • Hyperstat    vasodilator (trade name Hyperstat) used to treat severe hypertension
  • Hytrin    antihypertensive drug (trade name Hytrin) used to treat high blood pressure

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