Common Sound Alike Drug Names

The following is a list of common sound-alike drug names; trade names are capitalized. In parentheses next to each drug name is the pharmacological classification/use for the drug.

Accupril (ACE inhibitor) acetazolamide (antiglaucoma drug)

Adriamycin (antineoplastic) albuterol (sympathomimetic) Aldomet (antihypertensive) allopurinol (antigout drug) alprazolam (anti-anxiety agent) Ambien (sedative-hypnotic) amiloride (diuretic)

amiodarone (antiarrhythmic) amitriptyline (antidepressant) Apresazide (antihypertensive) Arlidin (peripheral vasodilator) Artane (cholinergic blocking agent) asparaginase (antineoplastic agent) Atarax (antianxiety agent) atenolol (beta-blocker) Atrovent (cholinergic blocking agent) bacitracin (antibacterial) Benylin (expectorant) Brevital (barbiturate) Bumex (diuretic) Cafergot (analgesic) calciferol (Vitamin D) carboplatin (antineoplastic agent) Cardene (calcium channel blocker) Cataflam (NSAID) Catapres (antihypertensive) cefotaxime (cephalosporin) cefuroxime (cephalosporin) chlorpromazine (antipsychotic) chlorpromazine (antipsychotic) chlorpromazine (antipsychotic)

Accutane (antiacne drug) acetohexamide (oral antidiabetic drug)

Aredia (bone growth regulator) atenolol (beta-blocker) Aldoril (antihypertensive) Apresoline (antihypertensive) lorazepam (anti-anxiety agent) Amen (progestin) amlodipine (calcium channel blocker) amrinone (inotropic agent) nortriptyline (antidepressant) Apresoline (antihypertensive) Aralen (antimalarial) Altace (ACE inhibitor) pegaspargase (antineoplastic agent) Ativan (antianxiety agent) timolol (beta-blocker) Alupent (sympathomimetic) Bactroban (anti-infective, topical) Ventolin (sympathomimetic) Brevibloc (beta-adrenergic blocker) Buprenex (narcotic analgesic) Carafate (antiulcer drug) calcitriol (Vitamin D) cisplatin (antineoplastic agent) Cardizem (calcium channel blocker) Catapres (antihypertensive) Combipres (antihypertensive) cefoxitin (cephalosporin) deferoxamine (iron chelator) chlorpropamide (oral antidiabetic) prochlorperazine (antipsychotic) promethazine (antihistamine)

Clinoril (NSAID) clomipramine (antidepressant) clonidine (antihypertensive) Cozaar (antihypertensive) cyclobenzaprine (skeletal muscle relaxant)

cyclophosphamide (antineoplastic) cyclosporine (immunosuppressant) Cytovene (antiviral drug) Cytoxan (antineoplastic) Cytoxan (antineoplastic) Dantrium (skeletal muscle relaxant) Darvocet-N (analgesic) daunorubicin (antineoplastic) desipramine (antidepressant) DiaBeta (oral hypoglycemic) digitoxin (cardiac glycoside) diphenhydramine (antihistamine) dopamine (sympathomimetic) Edecrin (diuretic) enalapril (ACE inhibitor) enalapril (ACE inhibitor) Eryc (erythromycin base) etidronate (bone growth regulator) etomidate (general anesthetic) Fioricet (analgesic) flurbiprofen (NSAID) folinic acid (leucovorin calcium) Gantrisin (sulfonamide) glipizide (oral hypoglycemic) glyburide (oral hypoglycemic) Hycodan (cough preparation) hydralazine (antihypertensive) hydrocodone (narcotic analgesic) hydromorphone (narcotic analgesic) Hydropres (antihypertensive) Hytone (topical corticosteroid) imipramine (antidepressant) Inderal (beta-adrenergic blocker) Inderal (beta-adrenergic blocker) Indocin (NSAID) Lanoxin (cardiac glycoside) Lioresal (muscle relaxant) Lithostat (lithium carbonate) Lithotabs (lithium carbonate) Lodine (NSAID)

Clozaril (antipsychotic) clomiphene (ovarian stimulant) Klonopin (anticonvulsant) Zocor (antihyperlipidemic) cyproheptadine (antihistamine)

cyclosporine (immunosuppressant) cycloserine (antineoplastic) Cytosar (antineoplastic) Cytotec (prostaglandin derivative) Cytosar (antineoplastic) danazol (gonadotropin inhibitor) Darvon-N (analgesic) doxorubicin (antineoplastic) diphenhydramine (antihistamine) Zebeta (beta-adrenergic blocker) digoxin (cardiac glycoside) dimenhydrinate (antihistamine) dobutamine (sympathomimetic) Eulexin (antineoplastic) Anafranil (antidepressant) Eldepryl (antiparkinson agent) Ery-Tab (erythromycin base) etretinate (antipsoriatic) etidronate (bone growth regulator) Fiorinal (analgesic) fenoprofen (NSAID) folic acid (vitamin B complex) Gantanol (sulfonamide) glyburide (oral hypoglycemic) Glucotrol (oral hypoglycemic) Hycomine (cough preparation) hydroxyzine (antianxiety agent) hydrocortisone (corticosteroid) morphine (narcotic analgesic) Diupres (antihypertensive) Vytone (topical corticosteroid) Norpramin (antidepressant) Inderide (antihypertensive) Isordil (coronary vasodilator) Minocin (antibiotic) Lasix (diuretic) lisinopril (ACE inhibitor) Lithobid (lithium carbonate) Lithobid (lithium carbonate) codeine (narcotic analgesic)

Lopid (antihyperlipidemic) lovastatin (antihyperlipidemic) metolazone (thiazide diuretic) metolazone (thiazide diuretic) metoprolol (beta-adrenergic blocker)

Monopril (ACE inhibitor)

nelfinavir (antiviral)

Norlutate (progestin)

Norvasc (calcium channel blocker)

Ocufen (NSAID)

Orinase (oral hypoglycemic)

Percocet (narcotic analgesic)

paroxetine (antidepressant)

Paxil (antidepressant)

Paxil (antidepressant)

penicillamine (heavy metal antagonist)

pindolol (beta-adrenergic blocker)

Platinol (antineoplastic) Pravachol (antihyperlipidemic) Pravachol (antihyperlipidemic)

prednisolone (corticosteroid) Prilosec (inhibitor of gastric acid secretion) Prinivil (ACE inhibitor) Prinivil (ACE inhibitor) propranolol (beta-adrenergic blocker) Provera (progestin) Prozac (antidepressant)

quinidine (antiarrhythmic) quinidine (antiarrhythmic) quinine (antimalarial) Regroton (antihypertensive) Rifamate (antituberculous drug) Rimantadine (antiviral) Seldane (antihistamine) Stadol (narcotic analgesic) terbinafine (antifungal agent) terbutaline (sympathomimetic) tolazamide (oral hypoglycemic) torsemide (loop diuretic) trifluoperazine (antipsychotic)

Lorabid (beta-lactam antibiotic) Lotensin (ACE inhibitor) methotrexate (antineoplastic) metoclopramide (GI stimulant) misoprostol (prostaglandin derivative) minoxidil (antihypertensive) nevirapine (antiviral) Norlutin (progestin) Navane (antipsychotic) Ocuflox (fluoroquinolone antibiotic) Ornade (upper respiratory product) Percodan (narcotic analgesic) paclitaxel (antineoplastic) paclitaxel (antineoplastic) Taxol (antineoplastic) penicillin (antibiotic) Parlodel (inhibitor of prolactin secretion) Paraplatin (antineoplastic) Prevacid (GI drug) propranolol (beta-adrenergic blocker) prednisone (corticosteroid) Prozac (antidepressant)

Prilosec (GE drug) Proventil (sympathomimetic) Propulsid (GI drug) Premarin (estrogen) Proscar (androgen hormone inhibitor) clonidine (antihypertensive) Quinamm (antimalarial) quinidine (antiarrhythmic) Hygroton (diuretic) rifampin (antituberculous drug) flutamide (antineoplastic) Feldene (NSAID) Haldol (antipsychotic) terfenadine (antihistamine) tolbutamide (oral hypoglycemic) tolbutamide (oral hypoglycemic) furosemide (loop diuretic) trihexyphenidyl (antiparkinson drug)

Trimox (amoxicillin product)

Vancenase (corticosteroid)

Vasosulf (sulfonamide/decongestant)

Versed (benzodiazepine sedative)

Versed (benzodiazepine sedative)

Xanax (antianxiety agent)

Zebeta (beta-blocker)

Zinacef (cephalosporin)

Zocor (antihyperlipidemic)

Zofran (antiemetic)

Zosyn (penicillin antibiotic)

Diamox (carbonic anhydrase inhibitor) Vanceril (corticosteroid) Velosef (cephalosporin) Vistaril (antianxiety agent) VePesid (antineoplastic) Zantac (H2 histamine blocker) DiaBeta (oral hypoglycemic) Zithromax (macrolide antibiotic) Zoloft (antidepressant) Zantac (H2 histamine blocker) Zofran (antiemetic)

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