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Index to More Commonly Used Medications

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Index to More Commonly Used Medications
Drug Classification
Actonel Bone resorption blocker
Adderall CNS stimulant
Advair Inhaled steroid plus bronchodilator
Albuterol Bronchodilator
Ambien Sedative (sleep medicine)
Amiodarone Anti-arrhythmia
Amlodipine (Norvasc) Ca++ blocker
Aricept (donepezil) Alzheimer
Atenolol (Tenormin) Beta blocker
Altace (ramipril) ACE inhibitor
Boniva Bone resorption blocker
Calan (verapamil) Ca++ blocker
Capoten ACE inhibitor
Celebrex NSAID
Cardizem (Diltiazem) Ca++ blocker
Coreg (carvedilol) Beta blocker
Coumadin Anticoagulant
Dilantin Antiseizure/convulsant
Diovan (valsartan) Angiotensin renin blocker (ARB)
Dulera Aerosol steroid plus bronchodilator
Exelon patch Anti-Alzheimer
Lanoxin (digoxin) Positive inotrope
Lantus Long-acting insulin
Lasix Diuretic
Lexapro Antianxiety
Lipitor Lipid lowering
Lisinopril (Prinivil) ACE inhibitor
Lortab Pain med
Lovenox Anticoagulant
Lunesta Sedative
Lyrica Anticonvulsant
Namenda (memantine) Anti-Alzheimer
Naproxen (Naprosyn) NSAID
Niaspan ↑ HDL
Nitroglycerine Nitrate: anti-angina
Norvasc (amlodipine) Ca++ blocker
Oxycontin Pain med
Paxil Anti-anxiety/antidepressant
Percocet Pain med
Phenergan Sedative/antianxiety
Plavix Antiplatelet
Prednisone Steroid: Anti-inflammatory
Spiriva Bronchodilator
Toprol (metoprolol) Beta blocker
Tramadol Pain med
Vytorin (Zetia & Zocor) Lipid-lowering
Xopinex Bronchodilator
Zocor Lipid-lowering

Traditional Medications

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Anti-Alzheimer

Caprylidene (Axona)

Donepezil (Aricept)

Galantamine (Reminyl)

Memantine (Namenda)

Rivastigmine (Exelon)

Tacrine (Cognex)

Indications: Management of dementia

Effect: ↑ Amount of acetylcholine in CNS (inhibits cholinesterase); temperature ↑ cognitive function & QOL

Common side effects: Fatigue, dizziness, HA, diarrhea, nausea, incontinence, tremor, arthritis, muscle cramps

Contraind: Hypersensitivity

Use cautiously: W/hepatic reaction

Antianemics

Anadrol

Chromagen Cyanocobalamin

Hydroxocobalamin (vit B12 prep)

Folic acid

Darbepoetin

Epoetin (Procrit)

Nandrolone (Decan)

Carbonyl iron (Feosol)

Ferracon

Ferrex 150

Ferrous fumarate (Femiron)

Ferrous gluconate

Ferrous sulfate (Slow Fe)

Ferumoxytol (Feraheme)

Integra

Iron (Dextran)

Indications: Prevention & treatment of anemias

Effect: RBC & Hb production

Common side effects:

1. Oral Fe ↓ absorption of tetracyclines

2. Vit E ↓ response to Fe

3. Phenytoin (anticonvulsant) ↓ absorption of folic acid

4. Darbepoetin & epoetin may ↑ heparin need in hemodialysis

Other side effects: Dizziness, HA, nausea, vomiting

Contraind: All are contraind in undiagnosed anemias, uncontrolled HTN, hemolytic anemias

Use cautiously: Use parenteral iron cautiously in patient/clients w/hypersensitive reactions or allergies

Antianginals

Nitrates

Isosorbide dinitrate

Isordil Nitroglycerin

Beta Blockers

Nitrates

Indications: Treat & prevent angina attacks & acute angina

Effect: Dilate coronary arteries; cause systemic vasodilation

Atenolol (Tenormin) Carteolol (Cartrol) Carvedilol (Coreg) Labetalol (Normodyne) Metoprolol (Toprol, Lopressor) Nadolol (Corgard)

Ca+ Channel Blockers Amlodipine (Norvasc) Bepridil (Vascor) Diltiazem (Cardizem) Verapamil (Calan, Isoptin)

Common side effects: Nitrates cause headaches; need to develop tolerance

Ca+ Channel Blockers & Beta Blockers Indications: Long-term management of angina

Effect: Beta blockers

↓ Myocardial O2 consumption: ↓ HR

Ca+ Channel Blockers

Smooth muscle arterial relaxation (systemic)

Common side effects: Hypotension/dizziness, particularly w/position changes (orthostatic hypotension)

Contraind/cautions: Beta blockers & Ca+ channel blockers: contraind in advanced heart block, cardiogenic shock, & uncomp heart failure

Antianxiety
Benzodiazepines Alprazolam (Xanax) Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) Clonazepam (Klonopin) Diazepam (Valium) Escitalopram (Lexapro) Lorazepam ...

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