Can You Match the Medication to the Health Condition It's Used to Treat?


By: John Miller

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About This Quiz

It's time to play pharmacist in the ultimate medication match quiz on the internet. Have you ever thought you could be a pharmacist, or even a doctor, prescribing people medication or any other profession along those lines? Well, now might be the time when you get to test whether you've got what it takes to do that or not. 

Now, if you think we're going to tell you that someone has a headache and make it easy for you to choose Aleve, Panadol or Ibuprofen, then you are sadly mistaken. We're going to give you the names of the medications, and it's your job to tell us what they do, or what ailment they fix. 

We have medications that relieve allergies, relieve pain, help with diabetes, arthritis, STDs like Hepatitis C, opiate addiction and just about every malady under the sun. We have over the counter and prescription medications. And we have medicines that aren't just in the pill form. 

If you think you've got what it takes to play doctor or pharmacist like a pro, get started on this quiz. Will you end up making your patients feel better or will they be rushed to the emergency room, in a worse predicament than before? 


Hydrocodone is one of the best-selling painkillers on the market. It combines an opioid painkiller with acetaminophen, and it's often sold under brand names like Lortab or Vicodin.



Oh, people use Oxycontin to treat loneliness and depression, all right. It's a widely abused narcotic that's meant to be used as a painkiller, though.



Ambien is the brand name for a drug meant to address insomnia. If you take Ambien, you probably shouldn't drive a car unless you want to get into an accident.



Viagra is, of course, one of the world's best-selling erectile dysfunction drugs. It's not wise to use this drug until you consult your doctor, particularly if you have heart problems.



Ibuprofen is one of the world's most common over-the-counter pain medications. It's used for everything from headaches to muscle soreness and more.



Nexium is a type of proton-pump inhibitor that's used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is sometimes available without a prescription.



Crestor is a brand name for a type of cholesterol reduction medication. Its regular use can cut the risk of heart attack, stroke and similar problems.



Abilify falls into the category of antipsychotic medications. It's used for severe depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other hard-to-manage disorders.



Feeling blue or depressed? Zoloft is an extremely common anti-depressant. It's a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, one that's also often used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.



Spiriva is used to treat respiratory problems. It's a type of bronchodilator, and it's frequently used to reduce problems associated with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which can make it very hard to breathe.



Harvoni is a trade name of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir, and it's meant to treat hepatitis C. It's also extremely effective. It cures more than 90 percent of people who are infected with hepatitis C.



Copaxone is glatiramer, a popular immunosuppressive drug that's used to combat multiple sclerosis. It's a synthetic protein that's taken by injection.



Suboxone is a blend of buprenorphine and naloxone, and it's designed to treat opiate addiction. The catch? Suboxone is also potentially addictive.



Celebrex is a brand name for celecoxib, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used for various type of pain, from arthritis flare-ups to severe premenstrual pain. Long-term users are at a higher risk of heart attacks.



Nasonex is a type of mometasone, which is a common steroid. It can be applied topically to stop inflammation. In inhaler form, it's often used to stop the symptoms of asthma.



Enbrel is a trade name for etanercept, which is used to treat an array of arthritis problems. It can treat everything from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to severe rheumatoid arthritis.



Ventolin is used to treat (or hopefully prevent) bronchospasms. Bronchospasms constrict your airways and can make it very difficult to breathe -- something that's a bit inconvenient and also rather terrifying.



Synthroid is used to treat hypothyroidism, which is when your body doesn't produce enough thyroxine. It's a type of hormone that's taken orally, and it can also be used to address issues like thyroid cancer.



Vyvanse is lisdexamfetamine, which is used to treat things like attention-deficit disorders (ADHD) or binge-eating issues. Some people crush this medication and then snort it, and you really, really should not do that because you can easily damage your lungs.


Lantus Solostar

Lantus Solostar is a brand of insulin injection. It's used to treat diabetes, which results in blood sugar imbalances.



Sovaldi is a brand name for sofosbuvir, which is another drug meant to treat hepatitis C. This medication is often prescribed to patients who weren't cured by other hepatitis treatments.



Remicade is an immunosuppressive drug that's meant to drastically reduce inflammation in the body. It's included in a class of TNF-blocking drugs, and it's useful for things like Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.



Levemir is used to treat diabetes. Don't drink alcohol if you take this medication -- very serious side effects may result.



Januvia is sitagliptin, and it's used to treat problems associated with type-2 diabetes. It's a prescription medication that's taken once a day in pill form.



Cialis is yet another type of vasodilator, and it's one of the most heavily advertised drugs on Earth. It's most often used to help men achieve erections.



Gardasil is a vaccine. It's used to prevent people from becoming infected with HPV, which is the human papillomavirus. HPV can cause a range of cancers, especially cervical cancer.



Humira is a brand name for adalimumab, which is used to treat a range of different conditions. Among them: psoriasis, arthritis and ulcerative colitis. It's a very effective anti-inflammatory drug.



Cymbalta is duloxetine, and it's used for a number of problems, from bone pain to depression. It's also commonly prescribed to thwart the pain from fibromyalgia.



Lyrica is a very common prescription for nerve and muscle pain, like the pain caused by fibromyalgia. It's not the kind of drug you want to mix with alcohol -- doing so can have severe repercussions.



Fluticasone can be applied to the skin as a topical cream to reduce itchiness and inflammation. It's also available in inhalers to help treat the symptoms of asthma.


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