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Generics vs. Brand-name Medications

An illustration of brand and generic medication
  So what’s in a name? “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” 1 Rosa molineaux is a deep pink fragrant rose species. Rosa molineaux is its scientific botanical name. Its “generic” name would probably just be “pink rose.”2 How medications are named Likewise, every medication has different names that refer to the same thing. In pharmaceuticals, the number of names is three: Chemical name: the actual molecular name Generic name: the name given to that molecule that is the active ingredient of any medication. Trade name: the “brand” name of the medication given by the company who has the patent on the generic. It is usually based on marketing and uniqueness.   An example3: Chemical name: 2-(4-Isobutylphenyl)propanoic acid. Generic name: ibuprofen. Trade name: Advil; Motrin.   No one says, “Hey, while you’re at the drugstore, pick me up a bottle of 2-(4-Isobutylphenyl)propanoic ...

“It goes in, it must go out”: Fluids, Balance, and Diuretics

A drop in water with ripples
“It goes in, it must go out.” This axiom is known among cult followers of the comedy troupe, Firesign Theatre, as Teslacle’s deviant to Fudd’s law. Gleaning this one catchphrase from the comedy album by Firesign Theatre seems an appropriate, albeit pseudoscientific, way to start an otherwise scientific discussion on diuretics. It is a phrase that is emblematic, however, of your body’s way of keeping everything in balance, especially fluids. Just the right amount of hydration is as important as normal body temperature in allowing all of your physical reactions—both chemical and electrical—to carry on seamlessly. What does Diurese mean? Diurese means to simply loose fluid through urination. A diuretic, therefore, is a substance or drug that causes this to happen over and beyond what you can naturally do. There are many conditions that tend to build up your fluids or cause you to retain them, setting up a falling dominoes trail of worsen ...

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