ClinCalc DrugSpell Dictionary File

Spelling dictionary of brand/generic drug names for Microsoft Office Word

Spell checking drug names like atorvastatin (Lipitor®) can be frustrating. Avoid spelling errors (and the dreaded red squiggly lines) with the ClinCalc DrugSpell dictionary file. It’s free!

Add medication names to Microsoft Office

Word processing programs do not have drug names as part of their standard spell checking dictionary. This fact becomes evidence when writing scientific material that includes a common drug name only to see the application suggest that you've spelled the drug name incorrectly.

The ClinCalc DrugSpell dictionary adds thousands of proprietary brand names, generic medication names, and established pharmacologic classes (EPC) words so that your word processing applications can provide an accurate and reliable spell check for your work. Best of all, this dictionary file is completely free and simple to install.

How is the DrugSpell dictionary created?

The DrugSpell dictionary is generated from proprietary drug names (trade names or brand names) and non-proprietary drug names (active ingredients or generic names) from the FDA Orange Book and RxNorm. These two data sets encompass all FDA-approved prescription and over-the-counter medications on the market in the United States. Additionally, DrugSpell contains words from all Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC) designations of these medications, including terms related to mechanism of action, physiologic effect, and chemical structures.

The DrugSpell dictionary is generated via information from the FDA Orange Book and RxNorm

Download the DrugSpell Dictionary File

The ClinCalc DrugSpell dictionary file is updated annually and is freely available.

Install DrugSpell in Microsoft Office/Word

  1. Extract the contents of the DrugSpell ZIP file (*.dic) on to your computer
  2. In Microsoft Word or Office, click the "File" menu or the Microsoft Office button in the top, left-hand corner
  3. Select "Options" or "Word Options"
  4. In the "Proofing" section, press the "Custom Dictionaries..." button
  5. Click the "Add..." button and select the *.dic file you downloaded in step #1
  6. Press "OK" to confirm your selection on all dialog boxes

For more information, visit How to add a custom dictionary in Word.


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