Most Hilarious "Genetic Subscription" Mispronunciations

JANUARY 19, 2015

If you’ve ever been asked to fill a “genetic subscription” or had a patient confuse hydrocortisone with hydrocodone, then you know that pharmacy-related mispronunciations can be a recipe for hilarity.

Pharmacists have stressful jobs, so we need to just laugh off the stress sometimes. Whenever I’m having a bad day, a patient who brutalizes a generic drug name puts a smile on my face. That's why I created this list.
As promised in my previous post on the Top Mispronounced Brand-Name Drugs, here is my latest installment of commonly (and comically) mispronounced generic drug names, with mispronunciations in parentheses:
My Personal Favorites

  • Gabapentin (Galapin, Gabatins, Gabateen, Gabby-pentin, Gaga-pentin, Gaba-tini)
  • Lisinopril (Lisaprel, Lisinop, Lisin-o-pearls, Lis-niss-o-pril, Lis-pril-nil)
  • Metformin (Metamorphin, Metaform)
  • Metoprolol (Meto-top-pro-lawl, Marcopolo, Metropole, Meto-pro-pol, Metro-polo, Metropolitan)
  • Omeprazole (Omeprazoleee, Omaprezoli, Oh-me-praise-all, Ohmeeprazole, O-me-pra-zola, Omprez-olay)

The Rest of the List

1.             Acyclovir (A-silly-clover, A-c-clover)
2.             Allopurinol (Almopurinol)

3.             Alprazolam (Ala-pra-zam, Alpra-kazam)

4.             Amitriptyline (Ami-trampoline)

5.             Amlodipine (Amalodipine, Ama-da-peen)

6.             Atenolol (A-ten-ol)

7.             Atorvastatin (At-or-vastatin, Astro-vastin)

8.             Benazepril (Benzpril)

9.             Candesartan (Candy-sartan)

10.           Carvedilol (Carve-a-die-lawl, Car-va-dol)

11.           Cefdinir (Sef-for-dinner)

12.           Celecoxib (Sell-ee-cox-a-bob)

13.           Cetirizine (Set-tra-zine)

14.           Citalopram (City-ala-pram)

15.           Clonazepam (Cloz-a-pam, Colon-zap-am)

16.           Clopidogrel (Clop-i-dopy, Cloppy-dog-roll, Kloppa-do-grel)

17.           Coumadin (Cooter-man)

18.           Diclofenac (Dic-lo-finny-ac)

19.           Dipyridamole (Dippy-ride-a-mole)

20.           Domperidone (Dom-perig-non)

21.           Donepezil (Done-puzzle)

22.           Escitalopram (Es-ka-tally-pram)

23.           Furosemide (Furo-moose-hide)

24.           Gemfibrozil (Gem-from-brazil)

25.           Glipizide (Glippy-zide, Glip-i-zoid)

26.           Hydrocodone (Hydro-corn-dog, Hi-dro-co-de-own, Hy-drock-a-done)

27.           Ibuprofen (I-be-profen, Imb-profin)

28.           Insulin (In-suh-lint)

29.           Lactulose (Lact-o-loose)

30.           Levetiracetam (Le-ve-te-ric)

31.           Lorazepam (Laura-zap-em)

32.           Lovastatin (Low-vast-a-tin)

33.           Metronidazole (Meh-tron-uh-dazzle, Me-tron-dizzle)

34.           Montelukast (Monte-lu-cast, Monkey-lust)

35.           Oxycodone (Oxycodine, Oxy-cotton)

36.           Pantoprazole (Pant-a-pro-zolie)

37.           Pravastatin (Pravstin)

38.           Progestin (Puh-jest-reen)

39.           Ranitidine (Rangatang, Ran-a-dine)

40.           Ropinirole (Rope-in-roley, Ro-pin-rolee, Rom-pin-roley)

41.           Simvastatin (Simvastin, Simva-stay-son, Sim-vass-tin)

42.           Tadalafil (TADA-la-fil)

43.           Tamsulosin (Tams-o-loss-in)

44.           Temazepam (Te-max-ipam)

45.           Theophylline (Theo-fillin)

46.           Triamterene/Hydrochlorothiazide (Triamerene/Hydrochloride)

47.           Warfarin (Warfern, Warlock)

48.           Zolpidem (Zolpy-dim, Zolpi-derm, Zo-pee-dum)
I think all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can agree that it’s amazing what you hear after working in the profession for a while. So, if you haven’t heard some of these yet, trust me…you will! 

Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker is the founder of The Happy PharmD, which helps pharmacists create an inspiring career, break free from the mundane "pill-flipping" life. He is a Full-time Pharmacist, Media Company founder, franchise owner, Business Coach, Speaker, and Author. He's also the Founder of Pharmacy School HQ, which helps students get into pharmacy school and become residents.