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any pharm book to goes into detail about cardiac meds

i have a pharm textbook but it is too basic for my liking. i am looking for a book that tells you parameters of when you should hold cardiac meds based on blood pressure or hr. also which cardiac meds are strongest. anyone knows of a textbook that goes into this detail?

EricJRN, MSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

Usually parameters for holding meds would be something that is more covered by individual facility policy as opposed to a textbook.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'strongest' cardiac meds. There are different drugs that serve different purposes, but unlike pain meds, I don't think there is really a way to quantify strengths of different cardiac meds. If you're in cardiac arrest of any kind, epinephrine is great. However, it's not what you want if you're in congestive heart failure. Make sense?

Imafloat, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

Do you have a nurses drug book as one of your text books? That is where I found that specific information.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Has 40 years experience. Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt.

i have a pharm textbook but it is too basic for my liking. i am looking for a book that tells you parameters of when you should hold cardiac meds based on blood pressure or hr. also which cardiac meds are strongest. anyone knows of a textbook that goes into this detail?

you might try looking on this site to see if you can find some of what you are looking for:

http://rnbob.tripod.com/ - nurse bob's micu/icu survival guide

you can pull of lists of drugs by categories at this site which would give you lists of drug names to start searching for:

http://www.globalrph.com/druglist.htm

otherwise, check a good cardiology textbook at the library or do some online searching. have you looked on the critical care forums here on allnurses? there are links (in the stickys threads) to some information there as well that might help you. plus, you might try search those forums for discussions about specific drugs.

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