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Here is a list of 15 commonly prescribed drugs with the origin of their name:

1. Ambien - Used as a sleeping aid, the word Ambien translates as “good morning” (AM = morning, Bien = good in Spanish).

2. Fosamax - Used for osteoporosis, or bone weakening. (Os = bone and max = great in Latin).

3. Flomax and Rapaflo - Used in men with an enlarged prostate to maximize urine output, or flow.

4. Flonase - Allergy medication that aims to stop nasal flow or discharge.

5. Lasix - Short for “lasts 6 hours” because of its 6-hour duration of action.

6. Levitra - Comes from the word “elevate” and for its sound of European elegance (le indicates masculinity in French, vitra suggests life and vitality).

7. Lopressor - Used to lower blood pressure.

8. Lunesta - Used to help sleeping (Luna = moon in Latin).

9. Macrobid - This formulation of Macrodantin is used twice daily (BID).

10. Penicillin - Coined by Alexander Fleming, the name was derived from the fungus Penicillium notatum whose important antibacterial properties were first noticed by Fleming. The name of the fungus comes from its shape which resembles a paintbrush, which in Latin is penicillus.

11. Tylenol - Traces back to its chemical name “N-aceTYL-para-aminophENOL.”

12. Viagra - Named for its suggestion of vitality, virility, and virgor and because it rhymes with Niagra, signifying force and endurance. It is also theorized that the name was inspired by the Sanskrit word "vyaghra" which means tiger.

13. Vicodin - Its component hydrocodone is approximately 6 times as potent as codeine. Therefore, it is thought that the manufacturer named it VI (6 in roman numerals) times codin (codeine)

14. Warfarin - Derived from WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation) and –arin from coumarin. Most of the people involved in discovery of the original molecule were students of the University of Wisconsin.

15. Xarelto - Works by inhibiting Factor Xa in the clotting cascade

What other drug name origins are you familiar with?
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