Hesperian Health Guides

Problem Index

This is a list of health problems discussed in this book that can be treated with medicines. The problems are listed in order of the alphabet in the left column. The right column has medicines that can be used to treat each problem. Click on the name of the medicine to learn more about it.

Problem See medicines
arthritis aspirin, ibuprofen
bleeding from the vagina
after abortion ergometrine, misoprostol
after childbirth ergometrine, misoprostol, oxytocin
around menopause medroxyprogesterone
chancroid azithromycin, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin
chlamydia amoxicillin, azithromycin, doxycycline, erythromycin, tetracycline
cough codeine
diarrhea ciprofloxacin, cotrimoxazole, metronidazole
eclampsia/seizures diazepam, magnesium sulfate
emergency family planning low-dose birth control pills, emergency pills
fever aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen
after abortion ampicillin, ceftriaxone, clindamycin, doxycycline, gentamicin, metronidazole
after childbirth ampicillin, doxycycline, gentamicin, metronidazole
during labor ampicillin, gentamicin, metronidazole
fungal infection, yeast
esophageal thrush fluconazole
mouth (thrush) gentian violet, ketoconazole, nystatin
skin gentian violet, fluconazole, ketoconazole, nystatin
vagina gentian violet, clotrimazole, miconazole, nystatin, vinegar
gonorrhea ceftriaxone, spectinomycin
herpes sores acyclovir, gentian violet
infection (prevention)
for abortion doxycycline, erythromycin
in deinfibulation doxycycline, erythromycin
for people with HIV cotrimoxazole
infection (treatment)
after abortion ampicillin, ceftriaxone, clindamycin, doxycycline, gentamicin, metronidazole, tetanus vaccine
bladder cotrimoxazole, nitrofurantoin
breast infection dicloxacillin, erythromycin
after childbirth ampicillin, doxycycline, erythromycin, gentamicin, metronidazole
after genital cutting cephalexin, dicloxacillin, erythromycin, tetanus vaccine
kidney ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, cotrimoxazole, gentamicin
skin cephalexin, dicloxicillin, erythromycin, penicillin
of the genitals (see vaginal discharge)
of the skin diphenhydramine, hydrocortisone, hydroxyzine
malaria during the first
3 months of pregnancy
clindamycin, quinine
nausea promethazine
newborn eye care erythromycin eye ointment, tetracycline eye ointment
mild to moderate aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen
severe codeine
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) amoxicillin, azithromycin, ceftriaxone, doxycycline, erythromycin, metronidazole, spectinomycin
pneumonia for people with HIV cotrimoxazole
seizures (“fits”) during pregnancy diazepam, magnesium sulfate
sores, infected dicloxacillin, erythromycin, gentian violet, penicillin, potassium permanganate
on the genitals azithromycin, benzathine penicillin, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, erythromycin, tetracycline
syphilis benzathine penicillin, doxycycline, erythromycin, tetracycline
after abortion tetanus toxoid
in newborn benzylpenicillin
trichomonas metronidazole, tinidazole
vaginal discharge
at risk for STI amoxicillin, azithromycin, ceftriaxone, doxycycline, erythromycin, metronidazole, spectinomycin, tetracycline, tinidazole
not at risk for STI clindamycin, clotrimazole, gentian violet, metronidazole, miconazole, nystatin
warts on genitals
podofilox, trichloroacetic acid
womb infection amoxicillin, ampicillin, azithromycin, ceftriaxone, doxycycline, erithromycin, gentamicin, metronidazole, spectinomycin

This page was updated:21 May 2021