Sunday, May 2, 2010

Drug Druthers - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Nifedipine. The dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker is approved for treatment of hypertension and angina pectoris.
  • A2) Ibuprofen. The pain killer has been approved for use by the U.S. FDA since 1984.
  • A3) Citalopram. The antidepressant is used to treat depression and social anxiety disorder. Its successor is escitalopram, which is sold as Lexapro.
  • A4) Tadalafil. The 36-hour PDE5 inhibitor was the third ED drug approved by the FDA in December 2003.
  • A5) Meperidine (also called pethidine). The opioid analgesic was created by German Otto Schaumann in 1932 as a safer alternative to morphine.
  • A6) Furosemide (also called frusemide). [name comes from "LAsts SIX" hours] -- used to treat hypertension and other ailments in humans but infamous for being used to keep horses from bleeding during races.
  • A7) Vardenafil. Levitra is Bayer's name in the U.S., and Vivanza is GSK's name in Europe for the same PDE5 inhibitor.
  • A8) Paroxetine. The antidepressant is less frequently used because withdrawal symptoms can be severe.
  • A9) Fluoxetine. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), like paroxetine, was created by Eli Lilly in 1970.
  • A10) Acetaminophen (paracetamol outside of North America). The popular pain reliever and fever reducer was first marketed in the U.S. in 1953 as an aspirin substitute.
  • A11) Sildenafil citrate. The first ED drug was approved by the FDA in March 1998, leading to over a billion dollars in annual sales.
  • A12) Sertraline. The SSRI, the most widely prescribed antidepressant in the U.S. in 2007, was developed at Pfizer beginning in the early 1970s but did not come to market for two decades.

Note: this is the final random trivia quiz that will be posted to the Trivia Why's blog. The Quiz Quilt puzzles will continue to be posted each Friday (questions) and Saturday (answers) night.

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