Merck Manual

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What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

Chemical Name

Generic Name

Brand Name

N-(4-hydroxyphenyl) acetamide

Acetaminophen

Tylenol

7-chloro-1,3-dihydro-1-methyl-5-phenyl-2H-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one

Diazepam

Valium

4-[4-(p-chlorophenyl)-4-hydroxypiperidino]-4’-fluorobutyrophenone

Haloperidol

Haldol

(1S, 2S) dl-threo-2-(methylamino)-1-phenylpropan-1-ol

Pseudoephedrine

Sudafed

6-methoxy-2-[(S)-(4-methoxy-3,5-dimethylpyridin-2-yl)methylsulfinyl]-1H-benzimidazole

Esomeprazole

Nexium