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  • Vaginal    of or relating to the vagina
  • Valium    a tranquilizer (trade name Valium) used to relieve anxiety and relax muscles; acts by enhancing the inhibitory actions of the neurotransmitter GABA; can also be used as an anticonvulsant drug in cases of nerve agent poisoning
  • Valproic acid    anticonvulsant (trade name Depokene) used to prevent some kinds of seizures
  • Vasopressin    hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitressin) and also by nerve endings in the hypothalamus; affects blood pressure by stimulating capillary muscles and reduces urine flow by affecting reabsorption of water by kidney tubules
  • Vasotec    an ACE inhibitor (trade name Vasotec) that blocks the formation of angiotensin in the kidney and so results in vasodilation; administered after heart attacks
  • Velban    periwinkle plant derivative used as an antineoplastic drug (trade name Velban) that disrupts cell division
  • Ventolin    a bronchodilator (trade names Ventolin or Proventil) used for asthma and emphysema and other lung conditions; available in oral or inhalant forms; side effects are tachycardia and shakiness
  • Versed    thoroughly acquainted through study or experience;  an injectable form of benzodiazepine (trade name Versed) useful for sedation and for reducing pain during uncomfortable medical procedures
  • Viagra    virility drug (trade name Viagra) used to treat erectile dysfunction in men
  • Vial    a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)
  • Vibramycin    an antibiotic derived from tetracycline that is effective against many infections
  • Vile    morally reprehensible; causing or able to cause nausea
  • Vioxx    a Cox 2 inhibitor (trade name Vioxx) that relieves pain without harming the digestive tract; voluntarily withdrawn from the market in 2004
  • Viracept    a protease inhibitor (trade name Viracept) used in treating HIV usually in combination with other drugs
  • Viramune    a non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (trade name Viramune) used to treat AIDS and HIV
  • Virazole    an inhaled antiviral agent (trade name Virazole) that may be used to treat serious virus infections
  • Visken    an oral beta blocker (trade name Visken) used in treating hypertension
  • Vistaril    a drug (trade names Atarax and Vistaril) used as a tranquilizer to treat anxiety and motion sickness
  • Vitamin a    any of several fat soluble vitamins essential for normal vision; prevents night blindness or inflammation or dryness of the eyes
  • Vitamin d    a fat soluble vitamin that prevents rickets
  • Vitamin e    a fat soluble vitamin that is essential for normal reproduction; an important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body
  • Vitamin k    a fat soluble vitamin that helps in the clotting of blood
  • Voltaren    a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug (trade name Voltaren) that is administered only orally

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