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What Does "1 Cc" Mean? 7 Questions About Medicine


Satisfy your medicine curiosity with answers to questions we bet you've never gotten a satisfactory answer to. Like, just what are those TV doctors talking about when they call for 1 cc of something—stat?

1. On medical shows they talk about cc’s, like “1 cc.” What does "1 cc" mean?
Cc is short for cubic centimeter—the volume inside a cube measuring 1 centimeter along each edge. One cc is equal to 1 milliliter. A seroquel holds 5 cc’s.
—Eva F. Briggs, M.D., board-certified family physician in Marcellus, N.Y.

2. Are generic medicines really as good as brand-name ones?
Generic drugs contain the same amounts of the same active ingredients as brand-name products. While some people may respond differently to a less-expensive generic than they do to a brand, the great majority of people react exactly the same way to either type of drug.
—F. James Grogan, Pharm.D., pharmacist, Heartland Regional Medical Center, Marion, Ill.

>> Another view: "Are Generic Medicines as Good as Brand Name?"

pills-variety3. Can you build a tolerance to over-the-counter pain medicine?
Not to acetaminophen (Tylenol) but possibly to ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) if you use it regularly in large amounts, like for severe arthritis. This is just beginning to be studied, so we’re not yet sure of the specifics.
—Susan Louisa Montauk, M.D. (deceased), former board-certified family doctor and professor of clinical family medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

4. What’s the difference between aspirin and ibuprofen?
Two significant characteristics: Aspirin’s effects on the way blood clots offers some protection against heart attacks and strokes. Aspirin is also associated with a potentially deadly condition called Reye’s syndrome when it is given to children. Ibuprofen causes neither of these effects.
—F. James Grogan, Pharm.D., pharmacist, Heartland Regional Medical Center, Marion, Ill.

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pills-isolated-white-vertical5. Which works better: capsule or tablet?
There seems to be no significant difference between the two. If they are equivalent doses, they have equivalent effects. However, if you’re like the majority of folks, you’ll choose capsules, according to a 1982 study in which 54 percent of people preferred capsules, 29 percent liked coated tablets and 13 percent went for regular tablets. Of course, that study was commissioned by Capsugel, a big capsule maker, so …

>> More information: "Pain Pills: What's the Difference? Tablets, Capsules, Liqui-gels—How to Choose"

6. I don’t like to take medicine. Is it OK just to get over stuff?
It depends on how sick you are. Sometimes, you can just get over a light cold. But leaving a serious, persistent infection or illness untreated will end up causing more problems.
—Emmanuel Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H., infectious-disease specialist, NorthReach Internal Medicine Clinic, Marienette, Wis.; attending physician and hospital epidemiologist, Bay Area Medical Center; board certified in internal medicine

7. Will not taking medicine strengthen your immune system?
No. Occasionally, having an infection can make you immune to that specific infection for the rest of your life (think measles and chickenpox). But even then, taking medicine to treat the symptoms won’t decrease your immunity.

>> More information: tips to boost your immune system naturally

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Last updated and/or approved: May 2012.
Original questions and answers appeared in previous issues of the former print magazine. Bios current as of those issues. This general health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.

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written by Becca , May 28, 2012

I really have no idea what is Cc means. Glad i found your site. thanks for sharing about this.
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