A-Z list of medicines R

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  • Ranitidine    a histamine blocker and antacid (trade name Zantac) used to treat peptic ulcers and gastritis and esophageal reflux
  • Rau sed    antihypertensive consisting of an alkaloid extracted from the plant Rauwolfia serpentina (trade names Raudixin or Rau Sed or Sandril or Serpasil)
  • Raudixin    antihypertensive consisting of an alkaloid extracted from the plant Rauwolfia serpentina (trade names Raudixin or Rau Sed or Sandril or Serpasil)
  • Rauwolfia serpentina    East Indian climbing shrub with twisted limbs and roots resembling serpents
  • Rectal    of or involving the rectum
  • Relafen    a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug (trade name Relafen)
  • Remicade    an anti TNF compound (trade name Remicade) consisting of an antibody directed against TNF; it is given intravenously at one month to three month intervals; used in treatment of regional enteritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reno    a city in western Nevada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains; known for gambling casinos and easy divorce and remarriage
  • Rescriptor    a non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (trade name Rescriptor) used to treat AIDS and HIV
  • Reserpine    antihypertensive consisting of an alkaloid extracted from the plant Rauwolfia serpentina (trade names Raudixin or Rau Sed or Sandril or Serpasil)
  • Restoril    a frequently prescribed benzodiazepine (trade name Restoril); takes effect slowly and lasts long enough to help those people who wake up frequently during the night
  • Retrovir    an antiviral drug (trade name Retrovir) used in the treatment of AIDS; adverse side effects include liver damage and suppression of the bone marrow
  • Ribavirin    an inhaled antiviral agent (trade name Virazole) that may be used to treat serious virus infections
  • Riboflavin    a B vitamin that prevents skin lesions and weight loss
  • Rifadin    an antibacterial drug (trade names Rifadin and Rimactane) used to treat tuberculosis
  • Rifampin    an antibacterial drug (trade names Rifadin and Rimactane) used to treat tuberculosis
  • Rimactane    an antibacterial drug (trade names Rifadin and Rimactane) used to treat tuberculosis
  • Ring    jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger; a square platform marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle; a characteristic sound; the sound of a bell ringing; a toroidal shape; a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration); a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling; an association of criminals; (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop; verb attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify; sound loudly and sonorously; make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification; get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; ring or echo with sound; be around
  • Ritalin    central nervous system stimulant (trade name Ritalin) used in the treatment of narcolepsy in adults and attention deficit disorder in children
  • Ritonavir    a protease inhibitor (trade name Norvir) used in treating HIV
  • Robaxin    muscle relaxant for skeletal muscles (trade name Robaxin) used to treat spasms
  • Rocephin    a parenteral cephalosporin (trade name Rocephin) used for severe infection of the lungs or throat or ears or urinary tract
  • Rofecoxib    a Cox 2 inhibitor (trade name Vioxx) that relieves pain without harming the digestive tract; voluntarily withdrawn from the market in 2004
  • Rogaine    a vasodilator (trade name Loniten) used to treat severe hypertension; one side effect is hirsutism so it is also sold (trade name Rogaine) as a treatment for male patterned baldness

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