Cardiac arrest affects more than 500 000 people every year, with significant associated morbidity and mortality. In addition to high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation and early defibrillation, medications are included in treatment algorithms. Epinephrine and amiodarone are commonly used, with other medications being used in specific situations of cardiac arrest. Although participating in the care of a patient in cardiac arrest is complex and stressful, having a baseline understanding of the medications being used, routes of administration, and special considerations can be helpful in mitigating some of the stress in these situations.

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