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Common Medication Suffixes

Below are common suffixes which identify a class of medications:

  • -ARTAN¬†= angiotensin 2 receptor blockers (ARBs
  • -ASONE = corticosteroids
  • -AZOSIN = alpha blockers
  • -BICIN = antineoplastic, cytotoxic agents (cancer medications)
  • -BITAL = barbituates
  • -CAINE = local anesthetic
  • -CILLIN = Penicillin antibiotics
  • -CYCLINE = Tetracycline antibiotics
  • -DIPINE = calcium channel blockers
  • -FENAC = NSAIDs
  • -FLOXACIN = Fluroquinolone antibiotics
  • -IRAMINE = antihistamine
  • -ITIDINE = H2 antagonists
  • -LAX = laxatives
  • -NACIN = anticholinergic
  • -OLOL = beta blockers
  • -PAM = benzodiazepines
  • -PARIN = anticoagulants/antithrombotics
  • -PRAMINE = tricyclic antidepressants
  • -PRIL = ACE Inhibitors
  • -PROFEN = NSAIDs
  • -RAZOLE =¬†proton pump inhibitors
  • -ROMYCIN = Macrolide antibiotics
  • -SARTAN = angiotensin 2 receptor blockers (ARBs)
  • -SEMIDE = loop diuretics
  • -SETRON = antiemetics, antinauseants
  • -STATIN = cholestrol medications
  • -VIR = anti-virals
  • -VUDINE = anti-virals
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