Tips for studying pharmacology?

  1. 0 I'm so overwhelmed by this class! There are so many drugs, trade names, side effects, etc. I can't possibly remember it all, so any suggestions on how to study? Thanks
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    From 'Indiana'; 40 Years Old; Joined Jan '04; Posts: 562; Likes: 5.

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  4. Visit  Browneyedgirl profile page
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    anxiously awaiting anyone's reply. 1/2 of my class failed the first pharm test tonight.
  5. Visit  oldiebutgoodie profile page
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    Quote from studentnurse74
    I'm so overwhelmed by this class! There are so many drugs, trade names, side effects, etc. I can't possibly remember it all, so any suggestions on how to study? Thanks
    I found that I had to do multiple things to learn Pharm.

    1. I made Flash Cards
    2. I used a web site called www.studystack.com to make online flash cards, which I could also share with my class
    3. I made an excel spread sheet and put the drugs on the spread sheet (one sheet per class of drugs), with columns for Trade Name, Generic Name, Indications, Adverse affects, etc...
    4. I came up with silly but effective mental pictures:

    Example:
    BIGuanides are a class of oral diabetic medications. They work in the LIVER, which is BIG. Metformin is one of these medications. George Foreman, (sounds like Metformin), is BIG. Get it?

    5. Sometimes it is more effective to learn the side effects for a group of medications, rather than looking at each med individually. That allows you to get the big picture. For example, all ACE inhibitors have similar adverse effects. Their generic names all end in "pril". Then, you can study the exceptions.

    6. I drew pictures. I tend to be more visual/kinetic in learning. Figure out how you learn best, and do that. That may mean walking around the house and saying it out loud to yourselves.

    7. Make yourself a test. Go through the chapter, and make up questions that you think might be on a test. Then, take your own test! Share with your friends!

    8. Study in a group AFTER you have studied on your own. The group will give you a good idea of what you missed. But if you use the group before you have mastered the material, you will probably just goof off and eat a lot of junk food and complain about your instructors!

    Good luck!

    oldiebutgoodie
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  6. Visit  Farkinott profile page
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    Springhouse has an excellent drug book for nurses. I use it as a bible! It gives you much more info than a Mim's and has proved itself good value for money time and time again.

    Here is a link.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...016491-1542431
  7. Visit  hllybenn profile page
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    I learned them by their class (ACE, Beta Blockers, SSRIs, Benzos etc). I also do some of the word associations like the previous listers. Learn your nursing care with the drugs (increase intake? Decrease intake? Before or after meals, etc.)- not just how it is excreted and so forth.
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  8. Visit  enfermeraSG profile page
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    Quote from studentnurse74
    I'm so overwhelmed by this class! There are so many drugs, trade names, side effects, etc. I can't possibly remember it all, so any suggestions on how to study? Thanks
    Just like "oldiebutgoodie" says, I live by flashcards. Pharm is strictly memorization in my opinion. ( Thanks for that website!) SG
  9. Visit  Browneyedgirl profile page
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    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW....what a site! studystack is great!
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  10. Visit  Kellink profile page
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    I am a certified pharmacy technician, if anyone needs help with anything, don't feel bad to ask. I am starting this nursing thing too so I may need some help from time to time
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  11. Visit  Fox profile page
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    Thanks for the website!!!


    Quote from oldiebutgoodie
    I found that I had to do multiple things to learn Pharm.

    1. I made Flash Cards
    2. I used a web site called www.studystack.com to make online flash cards, which I could also share with my class
    3. I made an excel spread sheet and put the drugs on the spread sheet (one sheet per class of drugs), with columns for Trade Name, Generic Name, Indications, Adverse affects, etc...
    4. I came up with silly but effective mental pictures:

    Example:
    BIGuanides are a class of oral diabetic medications. They work in the LIVER, which is BIG. Metformin is one of these medications. George Foreman, (sounds like Metformin), is BIG. Get it?

    5. Sometimes it is more effective to learn the side effects for a group of medications, rather than looking at each med individually. That allows you to get the big picture. For example, all ACE inhibitors have similar adverse effects. Their generic names all end in "pril". Then, you can study the exceptions.

    6. I drew pictures. I tend to be more visual/kinetic in learning. Figure out how you learn best, and do that. That may mean walking around the house and saying it out loud to yourselves.

    7. Make yourself a test. Go through the chapter, and make up questions that you think might be on a test. Then, take your own test! Share with your friends!

    8. Study in a group AFTER you have studied on your own. The group will give you a good idea of what you missed. But if you use the group before you have mastered the material, you will probably just goof off and eat a lot of junk food and complain about your instructors!

    Good luck!

    oldiebutgoodie
  12. Visit  enfermeraSG profile page
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    I went on that website, studystack, how did you make those cards? (My brain feels like jelly this morning! ) Do you click on the make your own stack option, or what? I wasn't sure how to enter stuff on the cards. Also, were you able to print them off or do they remain virtual? Thanks! SG
  13. Visit  oldiebutgoodie profile page
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    Quote from enfermeraSG
    I went on that website, studystack, how did you make those cards? (My brain feels like jelly this morning! ) Do you click on the make your own stack option, or what? I wasn't sure how to enter stuff on the cards. Also, were you able to print them off or do they remain virtual? Thanks! SG
    Go to the bottom of the screen, and click the link that says, "Create Stack". You will be directed to a login screen. Create a login, and then you will have to click a link that says, "Create new studystack". Then you can add or edit the cards. Yes, you can print them off, as well.

    You can also use stacks that have been already created. To find nursing stacks, click the book on the left side of the screen that says, "Medicine". There will be folders for Nursing, Pharmacology, etc.

    Good luck!

    oldiebutgoodie
  14. Visit  kathy_79 profile page
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    i learn starting from
    category of drugs,
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    side effects toxicity action contra endings names of drugs
    ---------- ------- ------ ------ ------ ---------------
    ---------- ------- ------ ------ ------ ---------------
    ---------- ------- ------ ------ ------ ---------------
    ---------- ------- ------ ------ ------ ---------------
    etc...

    endings - find part which is common for given category ex; for antivirals - vir

    i can clearly see what i need to know,
    i do not put dosages because we learn only our pts dosages at the day when we have clinicals,

    if you need any measures helps i love math so i can help as much as i can.
  15. Visit  lilk8tob profile page
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    Instructions on using Studystack:

    How to make your own flash cards:
    ~Go to www.studystack.com

    ~First you have to register with them. On studystack.com, click on "Logon" then click "Sign up now"
    ~Once you have signed up, click on "Create new stack"
    ~ Next, click on "Edit Stack Options" (third option on the left)
    Under here, you are going to:
    1. Change stack name (Ex: pharmacology test 2)
    2. For description, write a quick summary of what it is, AND include your name. If you want to share your flashcards with someone else, in the search box, if they type your name, it will bring up all of your flashcard stacks (any stack that has your name in the description). If you don't want to use your name, think of something unique that no one else would use- I'll put "katiessample" in my description.
    3. You can change the category if you'd like- it doesn't matter.
    4. Check the box next to "prevent other users from modifying data"
    5. Click "Save"

    ~Click on "Add or rename flaps"
    ~Flaps are the title for the front and back of the flash card. THIS IS NOT FOR THE FLASHCARD INFO ITSELF!! DO NOT ENTER ANY OF YOUR FLASHCARD FACTS HERE!!!
    1. In the "action" column for Flap 1, click "Edit" and type whatever name you want (Ex: drug name)
    2. You can leave "type" as text. Click "Save"
    3. Repeat for Flap 2 (Ex: Drug effects)
    4. Save
    Click "Done"

    ~ Now to the actual cards- Click on "Add or edit cards"
    1. "Add cards"
    2. Type your info- column 1 is the front of the card, column 2 is the back. You can use TAB to get from one box to the next, which saves a lot of time.
    3. When you've filled up all of the boxes, click "save"
    4. It will show you the cards you have made, SCROLL DOWN and click on "Add cards"
    5. Repeat steps 2 & 3
    6. When you are completely done with all of your cards, select "done".

    Scroll down, and now you can choose to use the info as flashcards, matching, tables, etc. You can also print the info in columns, and make the boxes big enough that you can just cut them & put them on actual flashcards. I always use the flashcard mode until I have them memorized, and then use matching to review.

    I export my flashcards to my PDA, which is wonderful because the "Quiz Whiz" program gives the flashcards as multiple-choice questions (it takes the back side of four different cards, and you have to choose which choice goes with the front of the card you see..)

    To go back later and view the cards you have made, Sign in on the main page, and it should show you all your study stacks. To share these with classmates, give them the unique name you put in the description, and tell them to enter that in the search box on the left side of the screen. For example, to view the sample stack I just made, you would type "katiessample" and it would bring up this stack. Next to the stack name, you will see several icons. These are shortcuts that allow you to go right to Flashcard mode, Matching, etc. Make sense? Let me know if it doesn't and I will try to help you figure it out.

    One more thing: Even if you do not want to create your own cards, there are usually cards premade by other students that can help you out. For example, if you are studying A&P, just type "anatomy" in the search box, and it will bring up all study stacks that relate to anatomy.

    You can see the stacks I have made (including a few pharmacology ones) by typing lilk8tob in the search box.


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