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ACLS Drugs

 

ACLS Drugs

Each of the ACLS Algorithms utilizes a number of drugs which we will classify as “primary drugs”. The “primary drugs” are the medications that are used directly in an ACLS Algorithm. image of a syringe and vial Here are the Primary ACLS drugs broken down by ACLS Algorithm.

Each is a link to its respective page which covers, in detail, all aspects of the medication and it use in each ACLS algorithm and in post resuscitation efforts.


ACLS Algorithms and Their Primary Drugs
Vent. Fib./Tach.

Epinephrine
Vasopressin
Amiodarone
Lidocaine
Magnesium

Asystole/PEA

Epinephrine
Vasopressin
Atropine (removed from algorithm per 2010 ACLS Guidelines)

Bradycardia

Atropine
Epinephrine
Dopamine

Tachycardia

adenosine
Diltiazem
Beta-blockers
amiodarone
Digoxin
Verapamil
Magnesium

Acute Coronary Syndromes

Oxygen
Aspirin
Nitroglycerin
Morphine
Fibrinolytic therapy
Heparin
Beta-Blockers

Acute Stroke

tPA-tissue plasminogen activator
Glucose (D50)
Labetalol
Nitroprusside
Nicardipine
Aspirin