Pharm Help anyone?!

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    I am getting quite crappy pharmacology grades recently and I really really need advice how to study for this course. I passed one by just 3 points and failed the other despite knowing the content in and out. I am shooting for a B/B+ and really need some good study skills advice. I went to the academic services and they did not seem all that helpful. Those who were successful, how do you classify the drugs and everything. It is somewhat difficult to break down the information which I really really need to do. Please help someone!
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    Have you met with the pharm professor? That should absolutely be your first stop. You can also get the "...Incredibly Easy" book on pharm, and put it on your bedside table and read a bit of it every night. Really.

    Amazon.com: pharmacology made incredibly easy
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    $37 on ebay sold by Barnes and Noble. I probably need a copy myself.
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    Try and group the medications based on the generic name b/c most of them have a similar base term. Dibucaine, lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine all cause numbness. Learn how they interact with the body. How do they cause numbness? What is happening on a cellular level in the neurons? Many of them have the same side effects, drug interactions, and mechanism of action. Where they vary is metabolism or elimination. Some may have a half life of 1 hr or 12 hrs. Know their classifications. Diazepam, midazolam, lorazepam, alprazolam are all benzodiazepines. They all have the same basic effects.

    Know the difference between agonist, antigonist, anticholenergic, cholenergic, adreneric etc. Knowing what a beta2 agonist does can help you identify how a medication reacts with the body. These terms closely specify the mechanism of action. I was really bad at mixing up agonists or adrenergics b/c it all sounded the same. I zeroed in on the beta2 part, but didn't pay attention to whether it was blocked or enhanced. I payed for on the exam.

    Next, study the tables in the book. It will list all the drugs together in one group. Stare at it. Identify the names and catch the similarities. Almotriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, eletriptan, rizatriptan all end in -triptan. All of them are selective serotonin receptor agonists. Most of these drugs are very similar, minus a couple of specifications. If one of the listed drugs are different, make a note (sometimes they like throwing that curve ball).

    They are mostly looking for use, mechanism of action, adverse reactions/side effects, half life, or drug interactions. Exams love asking about drug interactions. What med can you not take with grapefruit.... or what happens if these two meds are given together.

    Study toxicity levels. What happens if someone takes too much of a tricyclic antidepressant or maybe digoxin? Some drugs only work after a therapeutic levels is reached, but there are factors that can lead to toxicity. Renal failure, liver failure, infection can all lead to toxicity and the side effects become enhanced or toxic

    Lastly, study the same things over and over. Give yourself tons of time before the test. Don't study 2 days before b/c it won't work. There's to more info.

    On top of normal studying, dedicate every Sunday to studying your notes (for the week) as if you are taking an exam on monday. Even though my next exam was 4 weeks away, I would have a mock cram section for the week. So when I had to take the real exam, I had already engrained it in my head 3 weeks ago. Then, I would constantly go back and review the same thing over and over until it was redundant.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from hodgieRN
    Try and group the medications based on the generic name b/c most of them have a similar base term. Dibucaine, lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine all cause numbness. Learn how they interact with the body. How do they cause numbness? What is happening on a cellular level in the neurons? Many of them have the same side effects, drug interactions, and mechanism of action. Where they vary is metabolism or elimination. Some may have a half life of 1 hr or 12 hrs. Know their classifications. Diazepam, midazolam, lorazepam, alprazolam are all benzodiazepines. They all have the same basic effects.

    Know the difference between agonist, antigonist, anticholenergic, cholenergic, adreneric etc. Knowing what a beta2 agonist does can help you identify how a medication reacts with the body. These terms closely specify the mechanism of action. I was really bad at mixing up agonists or adrenergics b/c it all sounded the same. I zeroed in on the beta2 part, but didn't pay attention to whether it was blocked or enhanced. I payed for on the exam.

    Next, study the tables in the book. It will list all the drugs together in one group. Stare at it. Identify the names and catch the similarities. Almotriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, eletriptan, rizatriptan all end in -triptan. All of them are selective serotonin receptor agonists. Most of these drugs are very similar, minus a couple of specifications. If one of the listed drugs are different, make a note (sometimes they like throwing that curve ball).

    They are mostly looking for use, mechanism of action, adverse reactions/side effects, half life, or drug interactions. Exams love asking about drug interactions. What med can you not take with grapefruit.... or what happens if these two meds are given together.

    Study toxicity levels. What happens if someone takes too much of a tricyclic antidepressant or maybe digoxin? Some drugs only work after a therapeutic levels is reached, but there are factors that can lead to toxicity. Renal failure, liver failure, infection can all lead to toxicity and the side effects become enhanced or toxic

    Lastly, study the same things over and over. Give yourself tons of time before the test. Don't study 2 days before b/c it won't work. There's to more info.

    On top of normal studying, dedicate every Sunday to studying your notes (for the week) as if you are taking an exam on monday. Even though my next exam was 4 weeks away, I would have a mock cram section for the week. So when I had to take the real exam, I had already engrained it in my head 3 weeks ago. Then, I would constantly go back and review the same thing over and over until it was redundant.

    Good luck!
    Dang!!! You got it down! I was just recently accepted into a nursing program here in California and I'm totally going to use this method. Thanks for your input girl!
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    Congrats on getting accepted! Getting in is half the battle! The mock cram sessions worked best for me. The more you learn and retain during school, the less you have to re-learn for the NCLEX. And I'm a dude, lol!
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    Free hint: alpha 1, beta 2.

    You have one heart and two lungs.

    Remember this and you WILL thank me later.
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    Quote from hodgieRN
    Congrats on getting accepted! Getting in is half the battle! The mock cram sessions worked best for me. The more you learn and retain during school, the less you have to re-learn for the NCLEX. And I'm a dude, lol!
    Oh my gosh I feel like such a retard. Haha I guess that explains the male sign LOL! Sorry, my bad
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    Lol, no problem!


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