This will provide you with information about the most common side effects of the medicines you may take during your hospital stay. If you have more questions or concerns, please ask your nurse.


Reason For Medicine Medicine Names: Generic (Brand) Most Common Side Effects
Pain Relief
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Vicodin®, Lortab®)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®)
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone/Acetaminophen (Percocet®)
  • Tramadol (Ultram®)
  • Dizziness/ Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Queasiness/ Throwing Up
  • Rash
  • Confusion
Queasiness or Throwing Up
  • Ondansetron (Zofran®)
  • Promethazine (Phenergan®)
  • Scopolamine patch
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Tiredness/ Drowsiness
Heartburn or Reflux
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium®)
  • Famotidine (Pepcid®)
  • Lansoprazole (Prevacid®)
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec®)
  • Pantoprazole (Protonix®)
  • Ranitidine (Zantac®)
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
Lowers Cholesterol
  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor®)
  • Lovastatin (Mevacor®)
  • Pravastatin (Pravachol®)
  • Rosuvastatin (Crestor®)
  • Sinvastatin (Zocor®)
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Stomach Upset
Blood Thinner To Stop or Breakdown Blood Clots
  • Enoxaparin (Lovenox®)
  • Dalteparin (Fragmin®)
  • Heparin
  • Warfarin (Coumadin®)
  • Risk of Bleeding
Stops Blood Clots From Being Made
  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
  • Stomach Upset
  • Risk of Bleeding
Heart Rhythm Problems
  • Amiodarone (Pacerone®)
  • Digoxin (Digitek®)
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
    • Diltizaem (Cardizem (CD)®, Cartia XT®, Tiazac®, Dilacor XR®
  • Beta Blockers
    • Atenolol (Tenormin®)
    • Carvedilol (Coreg®)
    • Metoprolol (Lopressor®, Toprol XL®)
  • Headache
  • Dizziness/ Drowsiness
Lowers Blood Pressure
  • ACE Inhibitors
    • Benzapril
    • Captopril
    • Enalapril
    • Lisinopril
    • Quinapril
    • Ramipril
  • Angiotensin Recptor Blockers
    • Irbesartan (Avapro®)
    • Olmesartan (Benicar®)
    • Valsartan (Diovan®)
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
Antibiotic For Bacterial Infections
  • Amoxicillin/Clavulanate (Augmentin®)
  • Cefazolin (Ceftin®)/li>
  • Ceftriaxone (Rocephin®)
  • Cefotetan or Cefoxitin
  • Clindamycin (Cleocin®)
  • Ertapenem (Invanz®)
  • Levofloxacin (Levaquin®)
  • Metronidazole (Flagyl®)
  • Piperacillin/Tazobactam (Zosyn®)
  • Vancomycin (Vancocin®)
  • Stomach Upset
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash/Flushing
  • Headache
Helps with Inflammation
  • Celecoxib (Celebrex®)
  • Dexamethasone (Decadron®)
  • Hydrocortisone (Cortef®)
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin®)
  • Ketorolac (Toradol®)
  • Predisone
  • Stomach Upset
  • Sleeplessness
Calms Nerves or Makes You Sleepy
  • Diazepam (Valium®)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan®)
  • Midazolam (Versed®)
  • Oxazepam (Serax®)
  • Temazepam (Restoril®)
  • Zolpidem (Ambien®)
  • Dizziness/ Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Confusion