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the process by which medications travel through body tissues until they reach the bloodstream


the therapeutic effect of a medication on the body

activated charcoal

an oral medication that binds and adsorbs ingested toxins in the gastrointestinal tract for treatment of some poisonings and medication overdoses. charcoal is ground into a very fine powder that provides the greatest possible surface area for binding medications that have been taken by mouth; it is carried on the EMS unit


the process of binding or sticking to a surface


acetylsalicyclic acid, or ASA. a medication that is an antipyretic (reduces fever), analgesic (reduces pain), anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation), and potent inhibitor of platelet aggregation (clumping)


conditions that make a particular medication or treatment inappropriate, for example, a condition in which a medication should not be given because it would not help or may actually harm a patient


the amount of medication given on the basis of the patient's size and shape


a medication that increases heart rate and blood pressure but also eases breathing problems by decreasing muscle tone of the bronchiole tree; you may be allowed to help the patient self-administer the medication


a semi-liquid substance that is administered orally in capsule form or through plastic tubes

generic name

the original chemical name of a medication (in contrast with one of its "trade names"); the name is not capitalized


an abnormally low blood glucose level


the therapeutic uses for a specific medication


breathing into the lungs; a medication delivery route

intramuscular (IM) injection

an injection into a muscle; a medication delivery route

intraosseous (IO)

into the bone; a medication delivery route

intravenous (IV) injection

an injection directly into a vein; a medication delivery route

metered-dose inhaler (MDI)

a miniature spray canister through which droplets or particles of medication may be inhaled


a medication that increases cardiac perfusion by causing arteries to dilate; you may be allowed to help the patient self-administer the medication


by mouth; a medication delivery route

oral glucose

a simple sugar that is readily absorbed by the bloodstream; it is carried on the EMS unit

over-the-counter (OTC) medications

medications that may be purchased directly by a patient without a prescription


a gas that all cells need for metabolism; the heart and brain, especially, cannot function without oxygen

per os (PO)

through the mouth; a medication delivery route; same as oral

per rectum (PR)

through the rectum; a medication delivery route


the study of properties and effects of medications


the use of multiple medications on a regular basis

prescription medications

medications that are distributed to patients only by pharmacists according to a physician's order

side effects

any effects of a medication other than the desired ones


a liquid mixture that cannot be separated by filtering or allowing the mixture to stand

subcutaneous (SC) injection

injection into the tissue between the skin and muscle; a medication delivery route

sublingual (SL)

under the tongue; a medication delivery route


a mixture of ground particles that are distributed evenly throughout a liquid but do not dissolve

topical medications

lotions, creams, and ointments that are applied to the surface of the skin and affect only that area; a medication delivery route

trade name

the brand name that a manufacturer gives a medication; the name is capitalized


through the skin; a medication delivery route

transdermal medications

medications that are designed to be absorbed through the skin (transcutaneously)

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