Common ICU Drips Pharmacology Guide

Commonly drips used in intensive care unit ( ICU), are include:

  • Nicardipine
  • Norepinephrine
  • Fentanyl
  • Propofol
  • Versed
  • Vasopressin
  • Neosynephrine
  • Dexmedetomidine

This chart will help you to memorize the drugs, in your exam.

 

 

Nicardipine (Cardene):

  • Dose: 5-15 mg/hr
  • Uses: Treatment of angina in adults

 

Norepinephrine (Levophed ):

  • Dose: 5-30 mcg/min
  • Uses: Treatment of shock; used during cardiac arrest to get sympathetic activity.

Fentanyl:

  • Dose: 25-200 mcg/hr
  • Uses: For analgesia before, during, and after surgery; transdermal patch for management of chronic pain; control of breakthrough pain.

Propofol (Diprivan ):

  • Dose: 20-200 mcg/kg/hr
  • Uses: Sedation

Versed (Midazolam ):

  • Dose: 1-10 mg/hr
  • Uses: Sedation

Vasopressin (Pitressin ):

  • Dose: 0.01-0.04 units/min
  • Uses: DI, Sepsis, Hypotension

Neosynephrine (Phenylephrine ):

  • Dose: 40-200 mcg/min
  • Uses: ↑ BP

Dexmedetomidine (Precedex ):

  • Dose: 0.1-0.7 mcg/kg/hr
  • Uses: Sedation

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