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The following is a list of Medications currently in the queue. 160 record(s) found.
The following is a list of Medications currently in the queue. 160 record(s) found.
MedicationPharmacological CategoryFormulary BriefNotesSimilar Medications
Acetaminophen Analgesic, Miscellaneous
Adalimumab -OR- Etanercept (can choose either product) Antirheumatic, Disease Modifying; Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blocking Agent TNF Inhibitors (2016) [PDF - 236 KB] ONLY In consultation with a rheumatologist Etanercept -OR- Adalimumab (can choose either product)
Albuterol (Proventil HFA®) Beta2 Agonist *Branded product*
Albuterol nebulized solution Beta2 Agonist
Alendronate Bisphosphonate Derivative Osteoporosis (2016) [PDF - 131.74 KB]
Allopurinol Antigout Agent; Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitor Gout (2016) [PDF - 158.06 KB]
Amitriptyline Antidepressant, Tricyclic Antidepressants in Pain Mgmt (2014) [PDF - 310 KB] Nortriptyline
Amlodipine Antihypertensive; Calcium Channel Blocker, Dihydropyridine Calcium Channel Blockers (2014) [PDF - 95 KB] Diltiazem
Anastrozole Antineoplastic Agent, Aromatase Inhibitor
Angiotensin receptor blocker Removed April 2012
Apixaban Anticoagulant; Direct Oral Anticoagulant (DOAC); Factor Xa Inhibitor Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) - 2017 Warfarin
Aspirin Antiplatelet Agent; Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug; Salicylate
Atenolol Antihypertensive; Beta-Blocker, Beta1 selective Beta Blockers (2014) [PDF - 327 KB] Carvediolol; Metoprolol; Propranolol
Atorvastatin Antilipemic Agent, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor Dyslipidemia Guideline Review (2014) [PDF - 310 KB] Pravastatin; Rosuvastatin; Simvastatin
Atypical antipsychotic Atypical Antipsychotic Atypical Antipsychotic Agents - Update (2015) [PDF - 109.70 KB] *Any product*
Bupropion Antidepressant, Dopamine/Norepinephrine-Reuptake Inhibitor; Smoking Cessation Aid Nicotine Dependence (2015) [PDF - 109.22 KB] Varenicline
Calcium Electrolyte supplement *Any formulation*
Carbamazepine Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous Antiepileptics (2014) [PDF - 116 KB] Divalproex; Lamotrigine; Levetiracetam; Phenytoin; Topiramate
Carvedilol, immediate-release only Antihypertensive; Beta-Blocker with Alpha-Blocking Activity Beta-blockers in Heart Failure (2017) [PDF - 430.77 KB] Beta Blockers (2014) [PDF - 326.74 KB] Atenolol; Metoprolol; Propranolol
Chlorthalidone Antihypertensive; Thiazide-Related Diuretic Diuretic Agents (2014) [PDF - 104.76 KB] Chlorthalidone (2012) [PDF - 136.69 KB] Hydrochlorothiazide
Clindamycin, topical Topical Skin Product, Acne (Lincosamide Antibiotic) Acne (2013) [PDF - 124 KB] *Any product* Tretinoin
Clonazepam Benzodiazepine Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (2015) [PDF - 98 KB] Lorazepam
Clopidogrel Antiplatelet Agent Drug Interaction (2011) [PDF - 108 KB] Aspirin
Conjugated equine estrogens, vaginal cream (Premarin®) Estrogen Derivative Menopausal Hormone Therapy (2016) [PDF - 236.10 KB] *Branded product* Estradiol tablets
Corticosteroid topical (Intermediate potency) Topical Corticosteroids *Any product* Corticosteroid topical (low potency)
Corticosteroid topical (low potency) Topical Corticosteroids *Any product* Corticosteroid topical (intermediate potency)
Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), oral Vitamin, Water Soluble Hematologic Supplements (2016) [PDF - 57 KB]
Dedicated emergency contraceptive Removed September 2013
Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine (immediate release) Central Nervous System Stimulant Pediatric use only Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (long-acting)
Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine (long-acting) Central Nervous System Stimulant Pediatric use only Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (immediate release)
Diclofenac Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug NSAIDs (2014) [PDF - 294 KB] *Any formulation* Ibuprofen; Indomethacin; Meloxicam; Naproxen
Digoxin Antiarrhythmic Agent, Miscellaneous; Cardiac Glycoside NPTC Clinical Guidance - Digoxin Use [PDF - 118.12 KB]
Diltiazem Antihypertensive; Calcium Channel Blocker, Nondihydropyridine Calcium Channel Blockers (2014) [PDF - 95 KB] Amlodipine
Divalproex Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous ER Lithium & Divalproex (2012) [PDF - 25 KB] Carbamazepine; Lamotrigine; Levetiracetam; Phenytoin; Topiramate
Donepezil Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor (Central) 5mg and 10mg strengths
Doxazosin Alpha1 Blocker; Antihypertensive Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (2016) [PDF - 324.51 KB] Alpha Antagonists (2011) [PDF - 83.82 KB] Prazosin; Tamsulosin
Emtricitabine / Tenofovir (Truvada®) Antiretroviral; Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor REMS Guide Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
Estradiol tablets Estrogen Derivative Menopausal Hormone Therapy (2016) [PDF - 236.10 KB] Estradiol (2010) [PDF - 106.37 KB]
Etanercept -OR- Adalimumab (can choose either product) Antirheumatic, Disease Modifying; Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blocking Agent TNF Inhibitors (2016) [PDF - 236 KB] ONLY In consultation with a rheumatologist Adalimumab -OR- Etanercept (can choose either product)
Ethambutol Antitubercular Agent Isoniazid; Pyrazinamide; Rifampin; Rifapentine
Ethinyl estradiol / Etonogestrel vaginal ring Contraceptive; Estrogen and Progestin Combination Contraception (2016) [PDF - 63.94 KB]
Ethinyl estradiol / Norelgestromin, transdermal Contraceptive; Estrogen and Progestin Combination Contraception (2016) [PDF - 63.94 KB]
Etonogestrel, implant Contraceptive; Progestin Contraception (2016) [PDF - 63.94 KB] For use by a skilled and privileged provider Oral contraceptive pill, progestin only
Fibric Acid Derivative Antilipemic Agent; Fibric Acid Hyperlipidemia (2017) [PDF - 210 KB] Removed February 2017
Finasteride 5 Alpha-Reductase Inhibitor Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (2016) [PDF - 324.51 KB] 5 Alpha-Reductase Inhibitor (2011) [PDF - 113.02 KB]
Fluoride, oral Nutritional Supplement Supplements in Oral Health (2016) [PDF - 62 KB] *Any oral formulation*
Fluoxetine Antidepressant; Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Bupropion; Sertraline; Venlafaxine
Fluticasone / Salmeterol (Advair®) Removed October 2012
Folic Acid Vitamin, Water Soluble Supplements in Womens Health (2016) [PDF - 85 KB] Any product containing >400 mcg / daily dose
Furosemide Antihypertensive; Loop Diuretic Heart Failure Overview (2017) [PDF - 393.61 KB] Diuretics (2014) [PDF - 104.76 KB]
Gabapentin Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous; GABA analog Gabapentin & Pregabalin in Pain (2014) [PDF - 207 KB]
Gemfibrozil Removed February 2014
Glipizide Antidiabetic Agent; Sulfonylurea Sulfonylureas (2015) [PDF - 352.30 KB]
Glucagon Antidote; Hypoglycemia For outpatient use
Glyburide Sulfonylureas (2015) [PDF - 352.30 KB] Removed May 2015
H1 Antagonist-2nd generation, long-acting H1 Antagonist-2nd generation, long-acting *Any product*
Hydrochlorothiazide Antihypertensive; Thiazide Diuretic Diuretics (2014) [PDF - 105 KB] Chlorthalidone
Hydroxychloroquine Antimalarial Non-biologic DMARDs (2016) [PDF - 147.17 KB] Leflunomide; Methotrexate; Sulfasalazine
Ibuprofen Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug NSAIDs (2014) [PDF - 294 KB] Diclofenac; Indomethacin; Meloxicam; Naproxen
Imipramine Removed May 2014
Indomethacin Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug NSAIDs (2014) [PDF - 294 KB] Diclofenac; Ibuprofen; Meloxicam; Naproxen
Insulin / Regular human (NovoLIN® R) Insulin, Short-Acting *Branded product* Insulin aspart
Insulin aspart (NovoLog®) Insulin, Rapid-Acting Insulins (2015) [PDF - 125 KB] *Branded product*; Pen Device
Insulin aspart / Insulin aspart protamine (NovoLog® Mix 70/30) Insulin, Combination (70/30 Mix) Insulins (2015) [PDF - 125 KB] *Branded product*; Pen Device
Insulin detemir (Levemir®) Insulin, Long-Acting Insulins (2015) [PDF - 125 KB] *Branded product*; Pen Device
Insulin NPH (NovoLIN® N) Insulin, Intermediate-Acting *Branded product* Insulin detemir
Insulin NPH / Regular human insulin (NovoLIN® 70/30) Insulin, Combination (70/30 Mix) *Branded product* Insulin dspart / Insulin dspart protamine; NPH insulin
Intranasal corticosteroid Intranasal corticosteroid *Any product*
Intrauterine device, copper Contraceptive Contraception (2016) [PDF - 63.94 KB] *Any product* For use by a skilled and privileged provider
Intrauterine device, levonorgestrel Contraceptive, Progestin Contraception (2016) [PDF - 63.94 KB] *Any product* For use by a skilled and privileged provider
Ipratropium, MDI COPD inhalers (2015) Removed August 2015
Iron, oral Iron Salt Hematologic Supplements (2016) [PDF - 54.81 KB] *Any oral formulation*
Isoniazid Antitubercular Agent Ethambutol; Pyrazinamide; Rifampin; Rifapentine
Isosorbide dinitrate Removed August 2013
Isosorbide mononitrate Antianginal Agent; Vasodilator Nitroglycerin 0.4 Milligrams; Sublingual; Nitroglycerin patch
Lactulose Ammonium Detoxicant; Osmotic Laxative Cirrhosis & Complications (2015) [PDF - 214 KB] Laxative; Osmotic
Lamotrigine Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous Antiepileptics (2014) [PDF - 116 KB] Carbamazepine; Divalproex; Levetiracetam; Phenytoin; Topiramate
Laxative, bulk-forming Bulk-forming Laxative *Any product*
Laxative, osmotic Osmotic Laxative *Any product* Lactulose
Laxative, stimulant Stimulant Laxative *Any product*
Leflunomide Antirheumatic, Disease Modifying Non-biologic DMARDs (2016) [PDF - 148 KB] Hydroxychloroquine; Methotrexate; Sulfasalazine
Letrozole Antineoplastic Agent, Aromatase Inhibitor
Levetiracetam Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous Antiepileptics (2014) [PDF - 116 KB] Carbamazepine; Divalproex; Lamotrigine; Phenytoin; Topiramate
Levonorgestrel (Plan B One-Step®) Contraceptive, Progestin Indian Health Manual: Chap 15 (2015) *Branded product* Ulipristal
Levothyroxine Thyroid Agent
Lisinopril Antihypertensive, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor ACEIs & ARBs in Heart Failure (2017) [PDF - 235.50 KB] ACE Inhibitors (2014) [PDF - 28.54 KB]
Lithium Antimanic Agent ER Lithium & Divalproex (2012) [PDF - 25 KB]
Lopinavir / Ritonavir (Kaletra®) Removed August 2013
Lorazepam Benzodiazepine Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (2015) [PDF - 37 KB] Clonazepam
Losartan Antihypertensive, Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker ACEIs & ARBs in Heart Failure (2017) [PDF - 235.50 KB] ARBs (2014) [PDF - 93.16 KB]
Lovastatin Removed April 2012
Low-molecular weight heparin Low-molecular weight heparin VTE Prophylaxis (2011) [PDF - 124 KB] *Any product*
Medroxyprogesterone acetate, injection Contraceptive, Progestin (Injection/Depot) Contraception (2016) [PDF - 63.94 KB] Medroxyprogesterone, oral; Oral contraceptive pill, progestin only
Medroxyprogesterone, oral Contraceptive; Progestin Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (2017) [PDF - 404 KB] Medroxyprogesterone acetate, injection; Oral contraceptive pill, progestin only
Meloxicam Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug NSAIDs (2014) [PDF - 294 KB] Diclofenac; Ibuprofen; Indomethacin; Naproxen
Metformin Antidiabetic Agent; Biguanide
Methotrexate Antineoplastic Agent; Antirheumatic; Disease Modifying; Immunosuppresant Agent Non-biologic DMARDs (2016) [PDF - 147.17 KB] Hydroxychloroquine; Leflunomide; Sulfasalazine
Methylphenidate (immediate release) Central Nervous System Stimulant Pediatric use only Methylphenidate (long-acting)
Methylphenidate (long-acting) Central Nervous System Stimulant Pediatric use only Methylphenidate (immediate release)
Metoprolol Antihypertensive; Beta-Blocker, Beta1 Selective Beta-blockers in Heart Failure (2017) [PDF - 430.77 KB] Beta Blockers (2014) [PDF - 326.74 KB] Atenolol; Propranolol
Mometasone (Asmanex®) Corticosteroid, Inhalant *Branded product* Mometasone / Formoterol (Dulera®)
Mometasone / Formoterol (Dulera®) Beta2 agonist, Long-Acting; Corticosteroid, Inhalant *Branded product* Mometasone (Asmanex®)
Montelukast Leukotriene Receptor Antagonist
Naloxone Antidote; Opioid Antagonist Treatment of Opioid Overdose (2014) [PDF - 218 KB] Naltrexone
Naltrexone Antidote; Opioid Antagonist Alcohol Use Disorders (2015) [PDF - 109 MB] Naloxone
Naproxen Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug NSAIDs (2014) [PDF - 294 KB] Diclofenac; Ibuprofen; Indomethacin; Naproxen
Niacin extended release (Niaspan®) Antilipemic Agent; Vitamin, Water Soluble Hyperlipidemia (2017) [PDF - 209.75 KB] Removed February 2017
Nicotine replacement therapy, combination Smoking Cessation Aid Nicotine Dependence (2015) [PDF - 110 KB] Combination NRT (nicotine patches + any short-acting NRT product) Bupropion; Varenicline
Nifedipine (controlled or extended release) Removed August 2014
Nitroglycerin 0.4 milligrams, sublingual Antianginal Agent; Antidote, Extravasation; Vasodilator Isosorbide mononitrate; Nitroglycerin patch
Nitroglycerin patch Antianginal Agent; Antidote, Extravasation; Vasodilator Isosorbide mononitrate; Nitroglycerin 0.4 milligrams; Sublingual
Nortriptyline Antidepressant, Tricyclic Antidepressants in Pain Mgmt (2014) [PDF - 310 KB] Amitriptyline
Omeprazole (enteric coated) Removed February 2014
Ophthalmic prostaglandin analogue Ophthalmic Prostaglandin Analogue Ophthalmic Prostaglandin (2011) [PDF - 245 KB] *Any product*
Oral contraceptive pill, extended cycle Contraceptive Contraception (2016) [PDF - 63.94 KB] *Any product*
Oral contraceptive pill, monophasic: 20mcg EE (low) Contraceptive *Any product* Monophasic: 30-35mcg EE (medium); Oral contraceptive pill
Oral contraceptive pill, monophasic: 30-35mcg EE (medium) Contraceptive *Any product* Monophasic: 20mcg EE (low) ; Oral contraceptive pill
Oral contraceptive pill, progestin only Contraceptive *Any product* Etonogestrel; Implant; Intrauterine Device; Levonorgestrel
Oral contraceptive pill, triphasic Contraceptive *Any product* Monophasics ; Oral Contraceptive Pill
Oxybutynin Antispasmodic Agent, Urinary Overactive Bladder (2013) [PDF - 158 KB] Trospium
Phenytoin Anticonvulsant, Hydantoin Antiepileptics (2014) [PDF - 116 KB] Carbamazepine; Divalproex; Lamotrigine; Levetiracetam; Topiramate
Pioglitazone Antidiabetic Agent, Thiazolidinedione Thiazolidinediones (2017) [PDF - 448.73 KB]
Pravastatin Antilipemic Agent, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor Dyslipidemia Guideline Review (2014) [PDF - 310 KB] Atorvastatin; Rosuvastatin; Simvastatin
Prazosin Alpha1 Blocker; Antihypertensive PTSD Indication (2012) [PDF - 44 KB] Doxazosin; Tamsulosin
Prednisone Corticosteroid, Systemic
Propranolol Antihypertensive; Beta-Blocker, non-selective Beta Blockers (2014) [PDF - 327 KB] Atenolol; Carvedilol; Metoprolol
Proton pump inhibitor Proton Pump Inhibitor Proton Pump Inhibitors (2014) [PDF - 448 KB] *Any product*
Pyrazinamide Antitubercular Agent Ethambutol; Isoniazid; Rfapentine ; Rifampin
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) Vitamin, Water Soluble Obstetric Supplements (2016) [PDF - 74 KB]
Raltegravir (Isentress®) Antiretroviral; Integrase Inhibitor Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
Ranitidine Histamine H2 Antagonist
Rifampin Antitubercular Agent Ethambutol; Isoniazid; Pyrazinamide; Rifapentine
Rifapentine Antitubercular Agent Rifapentine (2013) [PDF - 121 KB] Ethambutol; Isoniazid; Pyrazinamide; Rifampin
Rosuvastatin Antilipemic Agent, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor Hyperlipidemia (2017) [PDF - 210 KB] Atorvastatin; Pravastatin; Simvastatin
Salmeterol (Serevent®) Removed September 2011
Salsalate Salicylate
Saxagliptin Antidiabetic Agent, Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4 (DPP-4) Inhibitor DPP-4 Inhibitors (2017) [PDF - 355.10 KB]
Serotonin 5-HT1 agonist (Triptan) Antimigraine Agent; Serotonin 5-HT 1B/1D Receptor Agonist Triptans (2016) [PDF - 70 KB] 2 "triptan" agents required, one must be sumatriptan Sumatriptan
Sertraline Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Bupropion; Fluoxetine; Venlafaxine
Sevelamer (Renvela®) Phosphate Binder Phosphate Binder (2010) [PDF - 30 KB] *Branded product* For patients on dialysis that cannot use calcium based phosphate binders due to hypercalcemia
Simvastatin Antilipemic Agent, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor Dyslipidemia Guideline Review (2014) [PDF - 310 KB] Atorvastatin; Pravastatin; Rosuvastatin
Spironolactone Antihypertensive; Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists; Potassium Sparing Diuretic Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonist in HF (2017) [PDF - 234.67 KB] Diuretics (2014) [PDF - 104.76 KB]
Sulfasalazine 5-Aminosalicylic Acid Derivative Hydroxychloroquine; Leflunomide; Methotrexate
Sulindac Removed May 2014
Sumatriptan Antimigraine Agent; Serotonin 5-HT 1B/1D Receptor Agonist Triptans (2016) [PDF - 70 KB] 2 "triptan" agents required, one must be sumatriptan
Tamoxifen Antineoplastic Agent, Estrogen Receptor Antagonist; Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator
Tamsulosin Alpha1 Blocker Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (2016) [PDF - 324.51 KB] Alpha Blockers (2011) [PDF - 83.82 KB] Doxazosin; Prazosin
Terazosin Removed January 2012
Tiotropium (Spiriva®) Long-Acting Anticholinergic Agent Spiriva (2011) [PDF - 41 KB] *Branded product* Ipratropium
Topiramate Anticonvulsant, Miscellaneous Antiepileptic Medications (2014) [PDF - 115.63 KB] Topiramate (2013) [PDF - 54.85 KB] Carbamazepine; Divalproex; Lamotrigine; Levetiracetam; Phenytoin
Trazodone Insomnia (2015) [PDF - 217 KB] Removed October 2015
Tretinoin, topical Topical Skin Product, Acne Acne (2013) [PDF - 124 KB] *Any product* Clindamycin
Trospium Antispasmodic Agent; Urinary Overactive Bladder (2013) [PDF - 158 KB] Oxybutynin
Ulipristal Contraceptive; Progestin Receptor Modulator Contraception (2016) [PDF - 63.94 KB] Levonorgestrel (Plan B One-Step®)
Vaccines, ACIP-recommended Vaccines Vaccine (2011) [PDF - 122 KB] All ACIP recommended vaccines for routine use in accordance with ACIP guidelines
Varenicline Partial Nicotine Agonist, Smoking Cessation Aid Nicotine Dependence (2015) [PDF - 110 KB] REMS Guide Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  Bupropion; Nicotine replacement therapy, combination
Venlafaxine Antidepressant, Serotonin/Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor/Antagonist SNRIs (2012) Bupropion; Fluoxetine; Sertraline
Verapamil SNR Inhibitors [PDF - 99 KB] Removed August 2014
Vitamin D Vitamin D analog Vitamin D (2010) [PDF - 31 KB] *Any product*
Warfarin Anticoagulant; Vitamin K Antagonist Newer Oral Anticoagulants (2013) [PDF - 28 KB]