i’m not sure if this would be helpful to you but the way i remember some of the cardiac medications is by knowing the ending letters for example 'ril' and 'lol'
the more you practice, the more familiar they will appear. it takes time to adjust and understand the medications. always utilize the intranet within the hospital or current medication books to look up meds.
quick run down of it….
(blood thinners): most common ones: dalteparin (fragmin), danaparoid (orgaran), enoxaparin (lovenox), heparin (there are various ones out there), tinzaparin (innohep), and warfarin (coumadin)
angiotensin-converting enzyme (ace) inhibitors
: use for improvement of cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure and heart failure. common ones you might have seen on your unit would be: lisinopril (prinivil, zestril), moexipril (univasc), perindopril (aceon), quinapril (accupril),benazepril (lotensin), captopril (capoten), enalapril (vasotec), fosinopril (monopril), ramipril (altace) and trandolapril (mavik)
easiest way to remember ace inhibitors is their ending of 'ril'. it depends on the hospital whether they use brand or generic names of medications. however most do use brand names or both on medication labels.
angiotensin ii receptor blockers (or inhibitors)
: common ones being: irbesartan (avapro),
losartan (cozaar), telmisartan (micardis) and valsartan (diovan), candesartan (atacand), eprosartan (teveten)
these usually have the "tan"...i just picture myself in a hot summer day trying to get a tan...something along that anyway.
: bisoprolol/hydrochlorothiazide (ziac), propranolol (inderal), sotalol (betapace) and timolol (blocadren), acebutolol (sectral), bisoprolol (zebeta), carteolol (cartrol), metoprolol (lopressor, toprol xl), nadolol (corgard), atenolol (tenormin), betaxolol (kerlone)
beta blockers with the brand names have 'lol' ending…it was always easy for me to remember it by this as a lot of msn conversations contain lol this and that…hopefully it makes sense to you! (lol
calcium channel blockers
: bepridil (vascor), diltiazem (cardizem, tiazac), felodipine (plendil), nifedipine (adalat, procardia), nimodipine (nimotop),amlodipine (norvasc, lotrel), nisoldipine (sular) and verapamil (calan, isoptin, verelan)
some of these end with “ine”…but many other different medications do so i would be careful until knowledge or familiarity is gained.
best thing to always do is ask when you don't know and look up medications...never assume you know or 'think' you know. medication errors are serious and do result in complications if nurses/other health care professionals are not careful in understanding side effects, reason for giving medications and any other issues that may come up. remember that your patients will ask you what the medications are....so be prepared (or have resources to access). it is a learning process, no one expects or should expect you to know thousands of meds by your final year.
good luck and enjoy your learning stages:d