8 Medications with Surprising Secondary Uses

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Sometimes medications that were developed to treat one condition can end up being useful for seemingly unrelated ailments.

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Sources:
Dextromethorphan
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19137121
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21476614
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3849173/

Memantine
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0123289
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23525525
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4540409/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24406251

Naltrexone
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851054/ https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/naltrexone
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/medication_assisted/efficacy-naltrexone-treatment-alcohol-dependence.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2666924/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3164585/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28877518
https://academic.oup.com/alcalc/article/48/4/402/533312

Sildenafil
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-hypertension/symptoms-causes/syc-20350697
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1994020/
http://www.phauk.org/treatment-for-pulmonary-hypertension/phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors/

Spironolactone
http://www.internationaljournalofcardiology.com/article/S0167-5273(15)01190-0/fulltext
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10760075
http://www.academia.edu/13992257/Vanders_Human_Physiology_-_The_Mechanisms_of_Body_Function
https://academic.oup.com/endo/article-abstract/97/1/52/2619110?redirectedFrom=fulltext
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315877/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1994020/

Propranolol
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/beta-blockers/art-20044522
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/DiagnosingaHeartAttack/Angina-Pectoris-Stable-Angina_UCM_437515_Article.jsp#.Wn-zBJMbO-o
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26487439
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/027858469290004X?via%3Dihub

Minoxidil
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1524-6175.2004.03585.x/full
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14996087
https://www.hshairclinic.co.uk/hair-loss/all-about-hair/hair-cycle/
https://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/248894

Bimatoprost
https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-glaucoma
https://www.latisse.com/AboutLatisse.aspx
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20384750
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/021275s022lbl.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2769924/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2861943/
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