Drugs and their Antidotes, HELP please

  1. hello everyone,
    can someone give me information on drugs and their antidotes?
    i have a few but would like to know the most used drugs in hospital or common in nclex i might see or need to be aware of.
    i'm about to take my nclex pn and asking for any help.

    thank you in advance
  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Do you mean like Vitamin K for coumadin/warfarin overdose, protamine for heparin overdose, Digibind for lanoxin (Digoxin) overdose, Flumazenil (Romazicon) for benzodiazepine overdose, Narcan for opiate overdose, N-acetylcysteine (Mucomyst) for acetaminophen overdose, glucagon for beta blocker overdose, Calcium for calcium channel blocker OD....

    (Activated charcoal is used as directed by poison control for a variety of substances but not exactly an antidote as it just binds to various drugs and chemicals)

    (Overdose meaning high drug level whether intentional, accidental, or caused by change in patient condition)

    Aside from those above, there weren't too many we went over in my PN program. I'd say Vitamin K, Protamine, Digibind, Narcan, Mucomyst and perhaps Romazicon were most emphasized in my pharmacology text for practical nursing. With the first three being emphasized the most as many LPN's work in an LTC environment where coumadin & digoxin are often administered.
  4. by   Assess&Safety1st
    is versed used for conscious sedation and is an antianxiety agent.
    versed antidote for this drug is romazicon, a benzodiazepine, too?
  5. by   illcleff
    Narcotic Narcan
    Magnesium sulfate Calcium gluconate
    Benzodiazepine Flumazenil
    Heparin Protamine Sulfate
    Coumadin Vit K
    Potassium Insulin + Dextrose
    Digoxin Digibind
    Lead Poisoning EDTA
    Tylenol Mucomyst
    Malignant Hyperthermia Sodium Bicarbonate
    Carbon monoxide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
    Iron Toxicity Desferal
  6. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from tachycardia33
    is versed used for conscious sedation and is an antianxiety agent.
    versed antidote for this drug is romazicon, a benzodiazepine, too?
    yes. even on the manufacturer's drug information sheets romazicon is listed as the antidote for versed overdose. "the benzodiazepine antagonist, flumazenil is a specific antidote in known or suspected overdose (of midazolam)" (source: http://www.rxmed.com/b.main/b2.pharm...onographs/cps- monographs/cps- (general monographs- v)/versed.html )

    the only caveat would be whatever other medications might be administered along with versed. generally lpn's don't work with versed as this is usually only used in an or, ambulatory surgical, emergency dept, or critical care/icu setting. patients must be closely monitored with telemetry and pulse oximietry. so usually, due to scope of practice lpn's don't administer versed/or monitor patients who have been given versed.
  7. by   Assess&Safety1st
    Hi Justbeachynurse,Their was a question in my exam cram PN about Versed, thank you
  8. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Now you have the answer. For the simple answer "is Romazicon an antidote for Versed overdose" yes is correct.

    Take your time and keep asking for help when you get stuck. For quick responses google searches on medications (such as antidote for versed) will often pull up RXList or the manufacturer's site so you have a reliable source for your information. (Especailly if you are studying late night and can't get a quick response on All Nurses )
  9. by   leanjess
    One question, guys...

    When you study..do you write notes for everything you read or do you try to understand the pattern and teach it to yourself?

    I feel anxious and overwhelmed when i try to write notes on everything that I read about..

    What do you guys think?
  10. by   JustBeachyNurse
    If I am using a text or study guide that I own, I use highlighters and sticky notes within the text. Depending on the content, I may make note cards that summarize the information (I prefer the bound note cards on a spiral, and I have one "book" of index cards per subject area. When I graduated & was licensed someone offered me $$$ to purchase my note cards, however without my class notes & text books the note cards would not be as useful as I referenced back to my sources.)

    I also am a big fan of Microsoft One Note, especially since many of my texts and resources also had online resources. I was able to create some pretty nice study guides while preparing for exams and ultimately my NCLEX.
  11. by   leanjess
    Oh really? that's great!

    Yeah, I have made some note cards as I go along studying or answering practice questions. When I first started studying, I literally wrote down everything...like a textbook but in my own handwriting! But now, it's getting tedious for me to do such, as I have just 3 weeks left before NCLEX..and I feel like I'm slacking in my study time. I haven't touched Pharm or answered as much questions as I would like to...

    So frustrating! Sometimes, I fee like i can feel my heart beating in my chest (that's how nervous and anxious I am about this board exam!)
  12. by   JustBeachyNurse
    If you are prepping for the NCLEX, I'd recommend concentrating on answering practice NCLEX questions first, studying rationale, THEN if you have time make notes.
  13. by   leanjess
    So I shouldn't study content? I feel like knowing content helps me answer questions correctly..I don't know. Right now, I'm using NCBSN learningext review course. I try to answer some questions some days, but it's like I'm trying to cram in some many thing in just one day! Questions and studying content...I will be SOOO glad when ALL this is OVER!!! I have never been so disarrayed in my entire life! talk about stress!
  14. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Are you not confident in the content that you learned in your nursing courses? Its best to build on knowledge over time rather than try to cram an entire nursing education into a few weeks time. My cirriculum was progresive (each unit built upon the previous) so I was rather comfortable in my content knowledge which in turn helped me prepare for perfect universe NCLEX style questions,