What are drugs used for?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 20, 2020 05:13 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 20, 2020 05:13 AM

Well I was gonna say something like simvastatin, a drug used to treat hypercholesterolemia I think it’s called, arterial plaque buildup or whatever. Now I’m going to hit the google and find out the correct answer. Hang on a sec.

Ok, I’m back. Looks like the most heavily prescribed drug is Synthroid, or levothyroxine, prescribed to some 21.5 million patients suffering from hypothyroidism. Following that is Crestor, or rosuvastatin, which is another statin for hypercholesterolemia: 21.4 million. Coming in at third is the steroid albuterol, inhaled as a fine mist of droplets into the lungs of patients suffering from asthma attacks. I used to take that stuff. Looks like there’s 18.2 million wheezy dudes and ladies taking albuterol. The proton-pump-inhibitor/drug that looks like it was developed as a prop for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine known as Nexium, came close to taking the podium in 4th place.

If you were asking what the most popular recreational drug was, and we are excluding legitimate prescription drugs that are diverted for illicit use, then obviously it’s the sticky icky. The devil’s lettuce. The drug that makes me hungry and sad. The drug that makes Doug Benson seem funny even though he’s not. Cannabis. Cocaine comes in at a distant second, and alcohol and methamphetamine were disqualified due to being approved by the FDA to treat ADHD/Narcolepsy and Glycol poisoning respectively.

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