pharm/drug cards?!

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    Hello all,

    I am a 2nd quarter PN student (graduate in Oct.13') and were recently started doing pharmacology. Our weekly assignments include selecting 2 drugs from 2 separate classification categories and writing a description,interactions,side effects,etc. I was wondering if anyone had any info on how to study the (many,many,many lol) variety of drugs (flashcards,other sources maybe?) and how to best retain all of this information? I did very well las quarter but think this quarter with pharm and all will be my greatest challenge yet! some insight would be helpful thanks!
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    I'll be graduating in June '13. Over the summer we were given an assignment to create med cards from a list of about 45 most common meds for the start of Level 2 which started in the fall. I didn't find this useful in learning the meds. I find the meds are the most difficult for me to memorize. Now in Level 3 I have found making flashcards with the most important points most useful, and as a new med is introduced as a treatment with each different course, I add them. I then review then as I have time.
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    I remember doing flash cards in PN school, it was horrible! I don't think they helped me in the least. At least, not the mass writing of them. What helped me was listing them and categorizing them together in classes. I'd learn the class effects, general side effects, and then group them together. That way I had to learn the CLASS and not the drug. It really did help me on NCLEX PN... Good luck to all!!!
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    Ok thanks for.the help! I actually went on my app store on my phone and found a flashcard app that I can use for my drug names and a&p terms!
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    I study the drug classes, their side effects and the suffix and prefixes of the drugs. For example, many beta blockers (antihypertensive drugs) end in lol (metoprolol) and pril (lisinopril). Many of the hyperlipidemia drugs end in statin (atorvastatin), etc. I was able to tell the class of many drugs that Ive never seen or heard of before just by the suffix and prefixes. Good luck
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    Quote from DivaLaJuicy
    I study the drug classes, their side effects and the suffix and prefixes of the drugs. For example, many beta blockers (antihypertensive drugs) end in lol (metoprolol) and pril (lisinopril). Many of the hyperlipidemia drugs end in statin (atorvastatin), etc. I was able to tell the class of many drugs that Ive never seen or heard of before just by the suffix and prefixes. Good luck
    Pril are ace inhibitors. Just to eliminate any confusion. The way this is worded sounds like you were saying they are beta blockers.
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    Quote from Jazziepants

    Pril are ace inhibitors. Just to eliminate any confusion. The way this is worded sounds like you were saying they are beta blockers.
    Pril = antihypertensive, ace inhibitors I should have grouped that better.
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    I just didn't want anyone to take a test and think pril were beta blockers. :-)


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