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Phony Drug Names



What’s in a name? Every company makes up product names, so why not do some of our own?

It's easy to make up new drug names if you don’t worry about the chemistry of what they actually are. It seems that drug names should end with -am, -aine, -ane, -ate, -ene, -in, -ine, -ol. (Those who know organic chemistry probably know why.) They don’t have to make any sense, especially when you consider that there is both the generic drug name (the chemical name) and the manufacturer's brand name, which can be a totally different made-up word.

No attempt has been made to verify whether any of these names are, in fact, true product or pharmaceutical names. Any similarity to real compounds and brands is purely coincidental.

I’m too lazy to write a computer program to generate them.

  • syndrazepam, somnazepam, metaxapam
  • somnicaine, roticaine
  • exculpadane, tamiricane, lavamidane, silmanifane
  • calcidate, similidate
  • chloromitocene, antiphropene, simbichlorolene
  • cobalamin, dimenhydromycosin, lomatraxin
  • niprozine, colimozine, virozoline, rinopine, diclometizine
  • aprisol, lapricol, dihydromeningysol

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