megan. . .well, first of all, everyone else who posted is right. it's probably a little too early for you to start working on drug cards. there's too much you don't know about looking up about them yet. however, if you must. . .and i understand that some have that burning need to know, i would start with the drugs you know. yes, the common stuff you use everyday: aspirin, tylenol, motrin, mylanta, the cough syrups, etc. you might also want to look up the different insulins and diabetic medications as well as commonly prescribed antibiotics. http://www.rxlist.com/
has a link for the "top 300 drugs of 2005 by prescriptions dispensed". http://www.drugs.com/
has a link to the "to 200 drugs by sales". check sites like walgreens and cvs pharmacy for lists of top selling drugs as well. you are bound to eventually run into patients taking these drugs. i've given you a link i have for a medication card generator. it helps you format medication cards. you, however, have to input the information. it will give you a good idea of what kind of information you need to be looking for on each drug--and there's a lot of it. to find information on drugs you can use the two sites i've listed above. use your free time to learn how to navigate around their sites. also medline plus has consumer information on drugs as well as most of the online commercial pharmacies. i happen to like drugs.com because you can access some pdr (physician's desk reference)
drug monographs on their site although not all. if you can find some kind healthcare agency that will give you an old pdr
, grab it and say thank you. that should keep you busy for a few weeks.
- e-druginfo.com's gateway page into medi-quik construct-a-card. you need to register, but it's free. you have to input all the information yourself. this constructor merely prints it onto a pre-formatted form. in playing around with the constructor i found that you could not go back otherwise you lost your input data. i was able to shrink the finished card down to about 7" x 5" but my printer didn't print any border, or perhaps i just didn't know how to apply a border or shrink the card down smaller.
- just thought i'd add this one for you. it has drug listings, instructions for iv dilutions in mixing piggyback meds, you can search for specific drugs (uses rxlist.com), or chose the drug table button to get lists of medications arranged by categories. clicking on the infectious disease button takes you to an infectious disease database arranged by disease which give you listings of antibiotic choices that can be used for treatment. there are a number of medical calculators here including one to calculate drip rates on some of the commonly used icu medications. there are also links to a video library.
- definitely bookmark this site. it will allow you to input multiple drugs and will give you back any interactions between them--something you might need to know and a common section on med cards.