Prevent Medication Errors
A Consumer's Guide to the Safe Use of Medications
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High Alert Medications

Most all medication can result in an adverse reaction in at least some patients.  However, there are medications more prone to cause ill effects and therefore errors with these drugs can be especially dangerous. Therefore, if you are prescribed one or more of the following drugs, it is even more important to be extra cautious in preventing a medication error.

 

Anticoagulants (main concern is bleeding)

Heparin

Warfarin

 

Antimicrobials (main concern is an allergy)

Cephalosporins (Ceclor®)

Penicillins

Sulfonamides (Septra®, Bactrim®)

 

Cardiovascular (main concerns are arrhythmias or electrolyte imbalances)

Digoxin

Lasix

Quinidine

 

Central Nervous System (main concerns are seizures or excessive sedation)

Demerol

Morphine

Phenobarbital

Phenytoin

 

Hormones (main concerns are hypoglycemia or steroid dependence)

Insulin

Corticosteroids (Hydrocortisone, Methylprednisolone)