People's Pharmacy

People's Pharmacy

September 22, 2006|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,People'sPharmacy.com

At the time of its introduction in the early '90s, Prilosec came out under a different brand name. The original name was so similar to an existing drug that the makers changed its name to Prilosec. What was the first brand name?

When omeprazole was first introduced, it was called Losec. The Food and Drug Administration worried that this name might be confused with the diuretic Lasix and requested a name change to Prilosec in the United States. This drug is still sold under the name Losec in other countries, including Canada.

Prilosec sometimes has been confused with Prozac. Trying to prevent one mix-up might have resulted in another.

My doctor has his patients put pressure on the bridge of their nose after using eyedrops. He says otherwise the medicine goes directly into the bloodstream. Many residents in my senior center say their glaucoma doctor never mentioned this. Is it helpful?

Some medicine for glaucoma can cause side effects throughout the body. To prevent absorption, press on the inside corner of your eye for at least 30 seconds (up to two minutes) after placing the drop in your eye. This closes the tear duct off and helps reduce the amount of the drug circulating through your body.

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of this newspaper or e-mail them via their Web site: PeoplesPharmacy.com.

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