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Dangerous medications - page 2

This is my first year in nursing and I would like to get some information on medications. Can you name some dangerous medications? Example: Potassium - can not be given by IV push. Dilantin - can... Read More

  1. Visit  Dolce profile page
    #13 2
    Quote from Michigan RN
    I had a doc prescribe me some phenergan with codeine when I was sick. I slept for 6 hours after I told it.
    Yes, and that can be a great thing if you are sick or if you are home in your own bed. It is not such a great thing for an outpatient post-op if you want them to actually physically get themselves in a wheelchair themselves. I advocate the use of IV Zofran in the hospital and PO/PR phenergan for patients at home.
  2. Visit  cherrybreeze profile page
    #14 0
    I do agree that ALL meds should be thought of as dangerous, but what I take the OP to mean is, meds that are "high alert," etc.

    The high-alert meds I see on my floor most often are insulin, heparin, and any narcotics given in infusion (PCA or epidural). Obviously in an ICU there are MANY more.

    Phenergan is another one to think about, I agree. Extravasation of this med can have devastating consequences.
  3. Visit  pageygirl profile page
    #15 0
    I actually dont remember this was a couple of years ago. It started with a P I believe it was something I had never heard of before or since and niether had anyone else.
  4. Visit  SunnyAndrsn profile page
    #16 0
    Me too, but that was the sleep I was short on b/c I couldn't sleep d/t the constant coughing. Loved that stuff!

    The comments about coumadin, in addition to monitoring the PT/INR, it's important to watch medications, as a lot of them can interfer with coumadin. Levaquin, is one that increase INR, IIRC.

    Quote from Michigan RN
    I had a doc prescribe me some phenergan with codeine when I was sick. I slept for 6 hours after I took it.
  5. Visit  ErraticThinker profile page
    #17 1
    Quote from pageygirl
    One of our nurses gave a patient a medication ordered by the GI doc to get the patient to go to the bathroom. The IV drug book stated " have atropine at the bedside along with a MD when giving this medication." I told the nurse I would not have given that medication. The nurse did, then I heard a code blue in that room number the patient ended up dying. Needless to say pharmacy does not release that medication anymore! Very scarey
    was it neostigmine? as a nurse, i wouldn't touch the stuff. let the physician push it and keep atropine at the bedside. eck.