Meds...Where to Start - page 2

Hi All! Just looking at this new Meds Guide I bought at Barnes and Steal-All-My-Money and, after leafing through it, thought to myself, "Oh-My-God, what have I gotten myself into?" :lol2: ... Read More

  1. by   BigB
    The drug names themself can tell you what classification they are. Drugs ending in -or are for cholesterol (crestor, lipitor). Drugs ending in -pril or -ol are blood pressure meds. (enlarapril, Toprol, etc)
    Drugs ending in -zine are psych meds
  2. by   msdobson
    Quote from BigB
    The drug names themself can tell you what classification they are. Drugs ending in -or are for cholesterol (crestor, lipitor). Drugs ending in -pril or -ol are blood pressure meds. (enlarapril, Toprol, etc)
    Drugs ending in -zine are psych meds
    Thanks B. Are those "firm" rules, or are there drugs that are exluded (like that new Viagra drug, mycoxaflopin)?

    Mike
  3. by   Nursechick07
    :yeahthat: The 1st drug to *pop* in my head would be DIGOXIN- know when not to give, toxicity levels, "normal" dosage for adult & peds., side effects esp. halos and anorexia.

    Another NCLEX favorite would be nitroglycerin, insulins(peak times). Just a start! It should "come together" for you once you study it in class and clinicals. We were lucky with awesome med/surg & pharm. instructors who would collaborate together! Hopefully yours will too, happy nursing school boot-camp to ya! :smilecoffeecup:
  4. by   msdobson
    Quote from Nursechick07
    :yeahthat: The 1st drug to *pop* in my head would be DIGOXIN- know when not to give, toxicity levels, "normal" dosage for adult & peds., side effects esp. halos and anorexia.

    Another NCLEX favorite would be nitroglycerin, insulins(peak times). Just a start! It should "come together" for you once you study it in class and clinicals. We were lucky with awesome med/surg & pharm. instructors who would collaborate together! Hopefully yours will too, happy nursing school boot-camp to ya! :smilecoffeecup:
    Thanks NC! One of my (reoccurring nightmares) is Pharmacology MATH. :uhoh21:

    I've a degree in English. My math skills are weak; always have been.

    I plan on sleeping with a calculator under my pillow!


    Mike
  5. by   BigB
    Quote from msdobson
    Thanks B. Are those "firm" rules, or are there drugs that are exluded (like that new Viagra drug, mycoxaflopin)?

    Mike
    The drugs that end with the above are pretty firm.. There are other types of drugs that end with all sorts of letters making it confusing as to what they do/ classification. Nothing your trusty drug book can't solve though.
  6. by   MrChicagoRN
    Like the others said,
    stick to the major classes of meds.

    There are thousands of new medicines released every year. You'll never learn them all. EVER.
  7. by   evaruth
    I Know What You Are Going Through. I Bought A Small Spirl Notebook, I Don't Remeber The Exact Title, I Know It Had "pharmacology" On It . This Notebook Was So Cool, It Kinda Looks Like A Kid Book. It Has All These Funny Pics. About Drugs, It's Classifications And Side Effects. This Helped Me Alot. Oh, I Bought It @ Barnes & Noble.
  8. by   msdobson
    Right. So I must be COMPLETELY missing something here.

    I Gooogled "main drug classifications" hoping to "get a list" of the main drug classifications...

    TOTALLY came up short!

    A little help?

    Mike
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from msdobson
    Thanks, Deva. I'll add those to my mounting collection! I think I'm on Amazon.com's Christmas Card list already! Any day now they're going to bump me up to Fruit Baskets!


    Mike


    Edit: Cant find "Delmar's Comprehensive Study Guide for NCLEX-PN" listed on Amazon. Do you mean "Delmar's NCLEX-PN Review (Delmar's Nclex-Pn Review) by Judith C. Miller"?

    If not, do you have an ISBN for that book?

    Yes, that is what I meant. Sorry I didn't type in the right title the first time.
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from msdobson
    Thanks NC! One of my (reoccurring nightmares) is Pharmacology MATH. :uhoh21:

    I've a degree in English. My math skills are weak; always have been.

    I plan on sleeping with a calculator under my pillow!


    Mike
    I was totally weak in math, yet, got an A in Medical Dosages. They have several formulas to use...pick your favorite and never, ever deviate. I liked "Dimensional Analysis", myself. They have a ratio/proportion method as well. I used to take time to practice them at least three times a week. Now, I don't remember it like I used to, and because the medications usually come up pre-packaged, it is not really a big deal. We were allowed to use a calculator in class (thank goodness) and there is a calculator for the biggie; NCLEX-PN right on the screen.
  11. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from msdobson
    Right. So I must be COMPLETELY missing something here.

    I Gooogled "main drug classifications" hoping to "get a list" of the main drug classifications...

    TOTALLY came up short!

    A little help?

    Mike
    I don't know of any web sites per se that go into major drug classifications, but what I would consider doing if you don't purchase the book that I mentioned is to invest in a nursing drug book...they have so many...Davis Drug Guide, Saunders, Mosby's, etc. They also have pharmacology drug cards as well. But, for now, I would not overload myself with too many things because your school will have their own required books to purchase, and I have noticed different nuances in the different nursing drug books. By far, my personal favorite is Saunders.
  12. by   sparrowbaird
    I know this has nothing to do with you question but here goes. I got a med tech license and was wonder how long they are good for and where do I go to get a copy of it? If someone can help I would appropriate it. Thank you!
    Sarah
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from sparrowbaird
    I know this has nothing to do with you question but here goes. I got a med tech license and was wonder how long they are good for and where do I go to get a copy of it? If someone can help I would appropriate it. Thank you!
    Sarah
    Didn't know that they gave med-tech licenses. Where did you get it from?

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