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Nervous System Drugs

What are Adrenergics? Class of drugs that mimic the action of the sympathetic nervous system, act like epinephrine & norepinephrine, prepare body for flight or fight
Epinephrine Adrenalin
Norepinephrine Levophed, IV drip only
Adrenergics drug actions Cause bronchodilation & vasoconstriction which RAISE heart rate and BP
Adrenergics indications(epinephrine treats) Severe asthma attack, anaphylaxis, cardiac arrest
Adrenergics indications (norepinephrine treats) Severe hypotension
Adrenergics interactions Don't give with MAO inhibitors, avoid caffeine
Adrenergics nursing implications Calculate drug doses carefully, monitor breathing (HR & BP closely/ q 15 mins on levophed), prevent levophed infiltration
What are Adrenergic Blockers? Class of drugs that block either alpha or beta receptors on Adrenergic nerves which inhibits epinephrine & norepinephrine
Created by: Kmccarty