My favorite meds
As a pharmacist, I have racked up several favorite medications for various reasons - some sentimental, some with back stories, some for absolutely no reason at all. Here is A non-inclusive list of those medications and why I enjoy them.
- •DiphenhydramineThe generic of Benadryl. This is the first medication order I verified as a licensed pharmacist. It just has sentimental value.
- •WarfarinThe way warfarin was discovered is pretty incredible. It was originally used as rat poison (killed rats by causing them to bleed to death) but the therapeutic uses helped it to become one of the most studied drugs in the world. Also, making a recommendation about this drug for a patient earned me a cookie as a student - forever known as the warfarin cookie.
- •AcetaminophenOne of the most common drugs around the world. It's the first drug I memorized the pediatric dosing. Also, the most commonly overdosed drug in the world. Please don't try to kill yourself with acetaminophen! It is a horribly slow and painful death.
- •IsavuconazolePronounced "I save you -conazole" so pretty self-explanatory. It's used to treat fungal infections.
- •AlemtuzumabThis drug is used in cancer and for organ transplantation. It's just really fun to say.
- •VancomycinOne of my favorite drugs to dose. Vanc has become a niche drug for pharmacists to manage. I love dosing in the challenging patients - for example the 400 gram baby in the NICU. Doing the math and predicting the levels is a lot of fun. I used to place bets with my coresidents about the results of levels.
- •Ziprasidone(Geodon)This drug is used to help calm patients - particularly those who are in acute psychotic stress. I was in a meeting with a few ED health care professionals once who kept using "Geodon" as a verb. "That crazy dude just kept coming after us so we Geodon-ed his ass!" Since, then I have made it a habit to turn these types of drug names into verbs.
- •MetronidazoleI have a friend who purposefully mispronounces this drug as "metron-a-dazzle" which has caused me many issues when trying to discuss it seriously with patients and physicians. When talking to my fellow pharmacists, I often refer to it as simply "dazzle" Side note: the oral liquid of this med tastes AWFUL! So making it seem better with a snazzy name helps some...