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Medicine
substances that, when taken internally or applied to the body, help prevent or cure a disease or other medical problem
Synergistic effect
the interaction of 2 or more medicines that results in greater effect than when the medicines are taken independently
Over-the-counter
medicines you can buy without a doctor's prescription
Medicine misuse
using a medicine in a way other than the one intended
Withdrawal
the process that occurs when a person stops using a medicine or other substance to which they are physiologically dependent on
Side effects
reactions to medications other than the one intended
Additive interaction
occurs when medicines work together in a positive way
Tolerance
condition in which the body becomes used to the effect of the medicine
Antagonistic interaction
occurs when the effect of a medicine is cancelled or reduced when taken with other medicine
Vaccine
a preparation, containing weakened or dead pathogens that cause a particular disease, given to prevent one from contracting that disease
Analgesics
pain relievers
Prescription medications
medicines that can't be used safely without the written approval of a licensed physician