Doctors, healers, medicine men, midwives, and abuelas have been recommending certain things be taken when you’re ill since the beginning of time. Somewhere along the way, we developed dosing, testing, labs, and refined and controlled dosing of medications. There is simply no way to cover all the medications that have changed day to day lives, and this list doesn’t claim to be comprehensive; however, to help us all appreciate better living through chemistry, here are 25 Life-Changing Medicines That Have Changed The World.
First introduced in 1899 by Farbenfabriken Vormals Friedrich Bayer & Co (now just Bayer), aspirin is still one of the most common over the counter pain relieving drug used today and is sometimes used daily as a treatment for those at risk for heart attack.
If you’re over the age of 18, you know what Viagra is and what it’s used for. The Little Blue Pill was first available in March of 1998, and it has definitely increased the quality of life for many men and women.
Chlorpromazine AKA Thorazine
This drug changed psychiatric medications. Before it’s introduction, people could either suffer or take lithium, and those were your only options. So those suffering from general anxiety had no help whatsoever, and those suffering from more severe issues such a bipolar disorder or schizophrenia could often not function in society. Thorazine changed all that, and opened the door for many new psychiatric drugs. It is still considered to be one of the most vital medications needed for a basic health care system.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, and with the help of a pathologist named Howard Walter Flored and a bicochemist named Ernst Boris Chain, was able to isolate and purify it to produce the first and still used antibiotic. Countless lives have been saved from this; it revolutionized medicine and treatment of infections.
Lipitor is from a class of drugs known as Statins, which are drugs that treat high cholesterol and therefore heart disease. While they decrease bad cholesterol which is what puts someone at risk for heart disease, they also decrease the liver’s production of good cholesterol and can have some weird side effects. Still, even when side effects are accounted for, Lipitor has saved thousands of lives since it’s introduction in 1985, improved the quality of millions of lives, and is the best selling prescription drug of all time.