Look-Alike/Sound-Alike Medications



As seen in the Consultant Connection April 2013 Issue
Submitted by: Heidi Trautwein RPh,PharmD,CGP

The below medications are a few of the top offenders of this category. These medications warrant special awareness and consideration when administering the medication due to their potential for medication errors.
Drug
Typical Use
Amiodarone
antiarrhythmic
Amantadine
Antiviral, Parkinson’s
Buproprion
Antidepressant
Buspirone
Anxiolytic
Ceftin
Antibiotic
Cefzil
Antibiotic
Diabeta
Antidiabetic
Zebeta
Antihypertensive
Glipizide
Antidiabetic
Glyburide
Antidiabetic
Labetalol
Antihypertensive
Lamotrigine
Seizures, Bipolar Disorder
Lexapro
Antidepressant
Lisinopril
Antihypertensive
Methadone
Pain, Analgesia, Detox
Methylphenidate
CNS Stimulant
Oxycontin
Pain- Extended Release
Oxycodone
Pain- Immediate Release
Proscar
BPH
Prozac
Antidepressant
Risperdal
Antipsychotic
Requip
RLS/ Parkinson’s
Tramadol
Pain
Trazodone
Antidepressant

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