Quote from dmastey
suzanne, would you mind forwarding the list to me as well?
This post is six years old. Suzanne is not a part of this site anymore. Sorry. Just google "Top 100 Meds" or "100 most common meds." You should find something.
There really isn't any way to prepare for the NCLEX by studying individual meds because you have no idea the meds that they will put on it. Instead, study classes of medications, as medications within a class are very similar.
Remember to include OB medications given during premature labor and during delivery.
Heparin and Coumadin, the therapeutic levels, antidotes and precautions. Remember PT is for Coumadin and Ptt is for heparin. Remember that because the two lowercase t's look like an H if you write them close to each other.
Blood pressure medications: beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers.
Respiratory meds: broncho dilators, corticosteriods
Diuretics: potassium sparing and non potassium sparing
Psych meds: Anti-depressants, anti-psychotics (traditional and non-traditional), mood stabilizers, CNS stimulants
Antibiotics- most common classes (especially those used for MRSA and TB)
Antivirals- Specifically those for HIV
Cancer meds- most common chemo drugs for each major cancer.
*That's a basic list. Finally, dont' get too caught up by learning everything about all the meds. Focus on the teaching, side effects and contraindications associated with the medications. NCLEX questions usually are written in ways that allow you to take an educated guess about the answer even if you don't know what the med is for.