Drug, antifungal: A drug used to treat fungal infections.
Examples of antifungal drugs include miconazole (MONISTAT) and clotrimazole (LOTRIMIN, MYCELEX).
- Drug, antihypertensive
Drug, antihypertensive: As the name clearly implies, a drug aimed at reducing high blood pressure (hypertension).
- Drug, antiprotozoal
Drug, antiprotozoal: Something that destroys protozoa or inhibits their growth and ability to reproduce. A few of the protozoa of medical importance include Plasmodium (the cause of malaria); Entamoeba histolytica (the cause of amebiasis, amebic dysentery) and Trichomonas vaginalis (a cause of vaginal infection); and Pneumocystis carinii (a common cause of pneumonia [PCP] in immunodeficient […]
- Drug, antimicrobial
Drug, antimicrobial: A drug used to treat a microbial infection. The term “antimicrobial” is a general one that refers to a group of drugs that includes antibiotics, antifungals, antiprotozoals, and antivirals.
- Drug, antithyroid
Drug, antithyroid: A drug directed against the thyroid gland. The antithyroid drugs include carbimazole, methimazole, and propylthiouracil (PTU). These drugs are used to treat hyperthyroidism (overactivity of the thyroid gland) in order to reduce the excessive thyroid activity before surgery and to treat and maintain patients not having surgery. Carbimazole, its active metabolite methimazole, and […]
- Drug, antiviral
Drug, antiviral: A medication or another agent that kills viruses or inhibits their capability to reproduce.