Mental Floss has a fun quiz that asks you to match actual warnings to popular drugs. It’s a good way to brush up on your side effect trivia, so you’ll know what to take to increase your gambling addiction but not interfere with your sleep driving. (Sadly, we only got 3 out of 10 correct.) [Mental Floss via BoingBoing]

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  1. MercuryPDX says:

    Meh… 5 out of 10.

    Some of them were easier than others.

  2. RoxyMusing says:

    Ten out of ten.
    I don’t know whether to be proud or disturbed.
    (Disturbed at knowing all the fine print of pharma I never ever used.)
    Love the website; thanks for the link.

  3. warloc66 says:

    Woohoo! 8 of 10! I should go to pharmacology school!

  4. britne says:

    yeah, 80%! in the interest of full disclosure, I was a manager at a Walgreens for a while… =)

  5. GinaLouise says:

    6 out 10 … not bad. I kind of cheated, because I know firsthand the side effects of Ambien. It’s the craziest sleepwalking episode I can remember! … or don’t remember, more accurately. Too bad I didn’t have a car in those days, or I coulda hopped aboard a class-action lawsuit.

  6. Karl says:

    I got a 10 out of 10 as well. I blame it on all of the Loveline I listen to. Dr. Drew rocks.

  7. Maurs says:

    I think they got Accutane answer mixed up. I was on it back in high school, and I can attest to the fact that you are warned that hideous potential birth defects are possible if a woman takes the drug at any time near her pregnancy. It was on forms you had to sign, even on the blister packs containing the drug. I think there was even information about birth control in the drug information they gave me. I can only imagine the talking to I would have gotten if I had been femaile.

  8. I also nailed a 10/10 first time through. I only knew Accutane because my brother took it, and you have to sign a Pledge card that states you will talk to your doctor monthly and bring up any suicidal thoughts or tendancies, and that you also SWEAR not to get pregnant, and to use two forms of birth control if you’re a sexually active woman. (Each pill pack has a little NO-PREGGOS icon; it’s disturbing.)

  9. humorbot says:

    10 out of 10. Man I gotta stop hitting that Frontline.

  10. allthatsevil says:

    I have a question.

    “Babies born to mothers who have taken [this drug] in the latter half of pregnancy have reported complications, including difficulties with breathing, turning blue, floppiness, stiffness, irritability or constant crying.”

    Does the wording on this seem a little funky to anyone else? The baby reported these complications? At first I read it wrong and thought they were saying the mother experienced them. But it sounds kind of silly either way.

  11. 10/10! Rawk!

    Alli, Rogaine, Ambien, Botox, and Levitra were easy. Frontline is easy if you know what it’s for. I guessed Lipitor based on what it does. Topomax and Accutane were comlete guesses because I have no idea what they’re for. (Well, I can guess what Accutane is for based on the side effect.)

    @Maurs: The effects they listed for the babies in that answer aren’t serious enough for the answer to be Accutane. They listed complications but not serious, permanent birth defects.

    @allthatsevil: Yes, the wording is funky.

  12. entitynein says:

    @Maurs: I took Acutane in high school as well. It was only after I had stopped taking it that I learned of the new product labelling and information about the depression side effects.

    I got 8 out of 10, also. Scary that I’ve taken two of those drugs, and it’s been suggested that I take another. (My mother apparently doesn’t realize that I don’t really care that my hair is falling out)

  13. entitynein says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation: Based on its side effects, you’d think it were for depression. It’s actually acne medication.

  14. @entitynein: Oh.

    Oh yeah, I remeber hearing about it now.