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What are the generic names of some prescription drugs?

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The generic name for Prozac is fluoxetine, while the generic name for Ambien, Edluar, Intermezzo and Zolpimist is zolpidem, according to Drugs.com. Fluoxetine is an anti-depressant, while zolpidem is a medication taken to treat insomnia.

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Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, according to Drugs.com. It increases the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and behavior. Zolpidem is a hypnotic that affects the levels of brain chemicals that control sleeping.

The generic name for Benemid and Probalan is probenecid, which treats chronic gout and raises the levels of antibiotics in the blood, according to MedlinePlus. The generic name for Loniten is minoxidil, which is used to treat high blood pressure when taken with other drugs such as beta blockers, states MedlinePlus. It is also used to treat congestive heart failure. When used topically, it stimulates hair growth.

Parlodel's generic name is bromocriptine mesylate, says RXList. It is an ergot used to treat male and female infertility, Parkinson's disease symptoms and acromegaly. The infertility may be caused by prolactin-secreting tumors called adenomas. Parlodel has been shown to shrink these types of tumors. It is also used in conjunction with radiation and surgery to reduce the levels of hormones that lead to acromegaly, a type of gigantism.

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