Drug tip-offs

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Here are some drugs that could render users ineligible for individual health insurance, according to underwriting guidelines of several health plans.

TOP SELLERS

Eight of the 20 top-selling prescription drugs, ranked by their 2005 U.S. sales:

* Lipitor (cholesterol)
* Zocor (cholesterol)
* Nexium (heartburn, ulcers)
* Prevacid (heartburn, ulcers)
* Advair (asthma)
* Zoloft (depression)
* Singulair (asthma)
* Protonix (heartburn, ulcers)

ALSO ON THE LIST

* Accutane (acne)
* Allegra (allergies)
* Celebrex (arthritis)
* Celexa (depression)
* Concerta (attention deficit)
* Famvir (herpes)
* Imdur (angina)
* Imitrex (headaches, migraines)
* Lamisil (fungal infections)
* Parolodel (menstrual disorders)
* Prozac (depression)
* Ritalin (attention deficit)
* Tagamet (heartburn, ulcers)
* Tapazole (hyperthyroid)
* Topamax (epilepsy, migraines

Source: Health plans' broker guidelines

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