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  1. Has anyone taken Pharmacology? I will begin the class in the fall. Is it really as horrible and everyone says. Would it be helpful to buy the books early and start reading this summer? Thanks.
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  3. by   PCGrad06
    Great minds think alike. I too would like to know more about this class. I think it will be a hard class because you must know all the drugs. That is alot of meds to be able to label on sight. I really am going to have trouble with this class. One more question about it How much time do we need to set aside for this one class. I will be taking it on Fridays for 2 hours. Please inform the newbies!:uhoh21:
  4. by   Altra
    Yes, if you can read ahead it would definitely be helpful.

    One tip I can offer - there are a gazillion (my daughter's word!) drugs - you'll never memorize them all. Instead, focus on the classes of drugs and what they do. Before you know it, you'll know the 40-50 or so drugs that you give all the time.

    Good luck!
  5. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from RNstudent,wife&mom
    Great minds think alike. I too would like to know more about this class. I think it will be a hard class because you must know all the drugs. That is alot of meds to be able to label on sight. I really am going to have trouble with this class. One more question about it How much time do we need to set aside for this one class. I will be taking it on Fridays for 2 hours. Please inform the newbies!:uhoh21:
    Study the classes of drugs. Once the classes are thouroughly understood you can fill in the blanks for the individual drugs pretty quickly.
    When I first took Pharm, many moons ago the only two drugs readily available in generic form were ASA and Acetominophen. Everything else was still branded. SO MUCH easier to get familiar with drugs.
    It was like taking classes all over again when drugs with a zillion or more letters in the name started showing up in the drawers when the MD had clearly ordered Inderol or Lasix. It's funny now and ya know I still call it Inderol.
  6. by   tsu_girl82
    Every school is different, so this is hard. I bought the books for Pharm and regret it because I never even opened them. My Med-Surg book is what I use for my classes . I made an 87 in Pharm without even cracking the book. It's all about the notes and it pays to do the objectives in your syllabus if you have one. Look at the BIG picture when you are studying (EX: when reading a long list of drugs don't just remember e-thing about the drug, remember what class it's in. ect.) The best I ever did on a test, I read my notes every day after class, and the day before the test, I just read like I had been-no cramming just really understanding it-when you try to memorize you mess up. Pharm , to me, isn't that hard. Everyone had it hyped up to be a killer, which is good because you study more and harder. As long as you honestly study, not cram the night before the test, you'll do great-good luck
  7. by   fnimat1
    I'm taking Pharm also in the Fall. I hope this was a good decision being that I'm starting the nursing program also. I did e-mail the professor who is going to be teaching the class and she e-mailed me the name of the textbook and study guide. I"m going to go and purchase it next week. Many of the 2nd and 3rd semester nursing students have told me the same thing....learn the classes...and read, read, read....


    Fatima
  8. by   Gompers
    Quote from tsu_girl82
    I bought the books for Pharm and regret it because I never even opened them. My Med-Surg book is what I use for my classes . I made an 87 in Pharm without even cracking the book. It's all about the notes and it pays to do the objectives in your syllabus if you have one.
    Same here, when I took pharm. Our instructor actually told us on the first day of class that everything we needed to know was in the syllabus - it was hundreds of pages long - and that the book was just way more in depth than we really needed to know. She recommended only looking at the book if there was a section that we were really confused about or interested in.

    Otherwise, agree with everyone else. Study the drug classes and how they work more than anything else. Definitely keep up with your class notes so that you don't have to cram before the test. Good luck!
  9. by   NP2BE
    Make note cards, memorize the side effects for each drug that stand out .There are usualy only one or two. Drill the note cards. I made an A in pharm, I thought it was an easy class, there were no tricky questions, unlike other classes(like psych)the more you study, the better your grade. Don't waste your time studying in advance of the semester. Just my opinion
  10. by   Nurse-o-Matic
    The best advice I can give you is to study the general drug classifications versus trying to absorb all the details of every drug. Go online and take pharm quizzes to get an idea of what to expect for multiple choice questions.
    Good Luck!
  11. by   VgsNrs
    Everyone's advice is very good that I have read. Flashcards and review material is probably what will help you out. I would not start crackin books just yet, dont stress yourself out. Nursing School is full of reading so give yourself a break TRUST ME! Just become familiar with DRUG CLASSES (beta blockers, inotropes, Ace inhibitors, etc.) These are general types of drugs. Just try to exlpain to yourself: Why are you giving this drug, What do you want it do to your patient, Understand the mechanisms of the actions (ex: dilates vessels so decreases BP), and just know what to look out for. This sounds like a lot, but when you study the different body systems and know which meds you are giving, it will make more sense if you know WHY you are giving them. Do this help I hope?!?! Good luck and don't stress out!

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