A possible mix-up, that's what.
You can avoid mixing up soundalike or look-alike drugs, such as the ones listed below, several ways. For example, double-check the dose range for the drug, and know why your patient is receiving a certain medication. If the drug's dosage or purpose doesn't seem right for your patient, question the order.
Here are some frequently mixed up drugs:
* Zolpidem (Ambien) and medroxyprogesterone (Amen)
* Amiodarone (Cordarone) and amrinone (Inocor)
* Nicardipine (Cardene SR) and diltiazem (Cardizem SR)
* Clonidine (Catapres) and clonazepam (Klonopin)
* Losartan (Cozaar) and simvastatin (Zocor)
* Piroxicam (Feldene) and terfenadine (Seldane)
* Flutamide (Eulexin) and rimantadine HCl (Flumadine)
* Imipenem (Primaxim) and ampicillin (Omnipen)
* Etodolac (Lodine) and codeine
* Amlodipine (Norvasc) and thiothixene HO (Navane), which look similar when handwritten Ketoprofen (Oruvail) and sulindac (Clinoril), which look similar when handwritten
* Omeprazole (Prilosec) and fluoxetine (Prozac)
* Zidovudine (Retrovir) and ritonavir (Norvir)
* Saquinavir and doxepin (Sinequan).
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