Easiest drug calculation method?

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    I'm preparing for my first drug calculation test and am hoping for some input on what others think is the easiest drug calc method/formula. I have always, always, always struggled in math.....so the easier the better for me. We are not taught a particular method, just given the names of some books and basically we are teaching ourselves.

    Thanks.

    p.s. I know there are older posts for drug calc suggestions, but I am basically interested in the students who are now dealing with this now.
    Last edit by MiaKeaRN on Sep 21, '07
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    Quote from MiaKea
    I'm preparing for my first drug calculation test and am hoping for some input on what others think is the easiest drug calc method/formula. I have always, always, always struggled in math.....so the easier the better for me. We are not taught a particular method, just given the names of some books and basically we are teaching ourselves.

    Thanks.

    p.s. I know there are older posts for drug calc suggestions, but I am basically interested in the students who are now dealing with this now.

    The formula method is the easiest for me. I find it simpler to plug numbers in than to try to decide what goes on what side of the equation. I am in med math right now, and my teacher is very clear and concise and makes it very easy to learn. If you need any help let me know.
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    Jillian...when you say formula method, are you referring to Dimensional Analysis?

    Half our class is doing DA and it seems the the rest of us are doing the Desire/Have, etc.
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    I'd say try them both out, and see which makes more sense to you. I use dimensional analysis.
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    For basic med admin: dose ordered/dose on hand X vehicle (e.g. 5mL).

    So for example, order states Ativan 0.5mg IV. Pharmacy sends vial which contains Ativan 3mg per 1 mL.

    Your formula would be 0.5mg/3mg X 1mL = 0.2 mL

    Drip rate calculations.....

    mL to be admin/# of hours X gtt/mL x 1hr/60min (if it is a drip/min calc, otherwise omit last part of formula)
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    For me the easiest method, even though you are repeating yourself a little because d/h X V actually erases a few steps. but I use have/vehicle=desired/the actual amount that you need (X) and then you cross multiply which would be d x v = h x (x) and then you would use basic alegebra to finish the problem. I personally need the extra steps to make sure that I am right instead of taking the shortcut. I hoped I helped a little and didn't confuse you!!
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    I put this on another post on calculating doses. I worked in a pharmacy for 14 years and these two formulas were mostly used by the pharmacists.

    Take what you want, divided by what you have and multiply by the quantity/volume.
    Example1: Doctor orders 125mg of amoxicillin, your stock is 250mg/5ml

    want 125mg divided by 250mg multiplied by 5=2.5ml

    Example2: Simple cross multiplication
    Stock 250mg=125mg
    5ml X

    250mgX=625 625+250=2.5ml
    250 250

    Hope this helps and if you need help let me know, or if this is something you already know this, I apologize.
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    Mia. . .the basic formula that works for just about every kind of dosage calculation problem is
    dose desired divided by the dose you have on hand gives you the dose you are to give to the patient.
    or, shortened is
    dose desired/dose on hand = dose to give
    All you have to do is plug the information you are given in the problem into the formula and start doing the math. There are very few instances where you do not need to use this formula.
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    Definitely it is the one that works best for you. I prefer means and extremes (example below) because it lays it down in black and white for me to check both sides of the equation. Often I will double check it with D/H X Q but other the other method I've seen totally confuses me.

    3ml : 200mg = X : 300mg
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    EX: ordered is 15mg po tix. supply is 30mg tabs.

    The way I figure it out (don't recall what the actual name is) is like this

    I set up my supply side (known..30mg tabs). Then ='s my order 25mg and put that over X since how many to give is the unknown right now

    30mg = 15mg
    1 tab x

    cross multiply and get 30X=15. Isolate X by divinding both sides by 30 and I get X= how much to give.. 1/2 tab
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