Tips for studying pharmacology?

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    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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    anxiously awaiting anyone's reply. 1/2 of my class failed the first pharm test tonight.
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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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    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
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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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    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
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    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW....what a site! studystack is great!
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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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    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
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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


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