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What's in a name?

Medicines usually have two names: a generic name of the type of medicine, and then a brand name, the name the medicine's maker gives the medicine.


Learn both the generic and the brand names of the medicines you take.

Different companies call the same medicine different names. (For example, a common type of pain reliever is ibuprofen, and the brand names include Advil® and Motrin®. Or, a medicine given to prevent blood clotting is warfarin and the brand name is Coumadin®.)



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts