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List of fictional medicines and drugs

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The use of fictional medicine and drugs has history in both fiction (usually fantasy or science fiction) and the real world. In fiction, drugs and medicine have served as analogues to real-world drugs, giving color and depth to the fictional world. They are often included by authors to create or to reduce the utopian/ideal nature of their fictional world and to introduce harsh realism and dystopia. In the real world, fictional drugs have been used in scientific studies as markers to determine unreliability for survey participants who are asked to provide their history of drug usage.


The following list of fictional medicines and drugs is limited to drugs appearing in works of fiction. Some of the listed items may be used as both medicine and recreation or in other capacities, but fictional works are often vague on such distinctions. Grouping is made according to primary usage within the fictional work.

Performance and lifestyle enhancers

These drugs are for enhancing strength, intelligence, and other attributes. Steroids, birth control pills, and antidepressants fall into this category.


Drugs used for narcotic, hallucinogenic, or other recreational usage. These drugs tend to be illegal and addictive, sometimes dangerously so.

Other or unspecified

Snake oils can be found here. Also for compounds whose properties are not known.

Nonexistent drugs whose names are used to test accuracy of questionnaires

Some names of fictitious drugs are used in questionnaires by some academic surveys to test the reliability of answers received from students. These drugs include:

  • derbisol (slang names "DB", "derbs", "dirt", "wagon wheels", "drum sticks", and "hope". [3] [4])
  • But this drug information web site (in Korean) seems to use "Derbisol" as a trade name for Clobetasol.
  • Distinguish from Debrisol, a real enzyme wound-cleaning spray for dogs, horses, pigs, and sheep. [5]
  • shimeron
  • metabene
  • nazuphan (slang names "narz", "fan", and "zee") [6].
  • References

    List of fictional medicines and drugs Wikipedia

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