Drug Indications

In medicine, an indication is a valid reason to use a certain test, medication, procedure, or surgery. There can be multiple indications to use a procedure or medication. An indication can commonly be confused with the term diagnosis. A diagnosis is a particular [medical] condition while an indication is a reason for use.   Wikipedia

CDEK uses MeSH terms for drug indications. The Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus is a controlled and hierarchically-organized vocabulary produced by the National Library of Medicine. It is used for indexing, cataloging, and searching of biomedical and health-related information.

MeSH Hierarchy

MeSH terms are hierarchical, starting with high-level subjects (e.g. Diseases [C]), and becoming increasingly specific as you traverse down the tree.

For example, acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) is indicated for the treatment of Stroke, which is found in the MeSH Hierarchy at:

Diseases [C] » Nervous System Diseases [C10] » Central Nervous System Diseases » Brain Diseases » Cerebrovascular Disorders » Stroke

Diseases [C] » Cardiovascular Diseases [C14] » Vascular Diseases » Cerebrovascular Disorders » Stroke

Alternatively, you can also browse indications via the ICD-10 Hierarchy (below), though note: this data is less complete.


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