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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Common drugs made from plants

Written by:
Charles W. Fetrow, Pharm.D. , Juan R. Avila, Pharm.D.

Many drugs in common use today have botanical origins. Here's a selected list.

  • Aspirin (salicylic acid) — from white willow bark and meadow sweet plant

  • Atropine, used to treat irregular heartbeat — from belladonna leaves

  • Colchicine, used for gout — from autumn crocus

  • Digoxin (Lanoxin), the most widely prescribed heart medication — from foxglove, a poisonous plant

  • Ephedrine, used to widen or relax the airways — from the ephedra plant

  • Morphine and codeine, potent narcotics — from the opium poppy Paclitaxel Taxol), used to treat metastatic ovarian cancer — from the yew tree

  • Quinine, a drug for malaria — from cinchona bark

  • Vinblastine (Velban) and vincristine (Oncovin), anticancer drugs — from periwinkle


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