Hi everyone. I have a test this week. I received an A on my first test but a D on my second one. I am so scared I am not going to pass this class. For me, this class is the hardest one I have ever taken.
My test is on Antimicrobial Therapy and Drugs that affect the heart, blood vessels, and blood.
Both powerpoint packets have 33 pages each and have 6 little slides on each page so the material is LENGTHY!
I feel so overwhelmed and I am not sure what is the important information as our teacher does not really break it down for us or give us a study guide like the other Pharm class gets.
I am more worried about the heart packet - she discusses:
drugs acting on the Regin-angiotensin-aldosterone system
ace inhibitors (function/adverse effects/types/what to watch for/etc)
calcium channel blockers and the diff drugs such as verapamil and nifedipine
drugs for hypertension
primary, secondary hypertension,
classes of antihyperintensive drugs
Alpha1 receptor blockers (all the diff. types)
beta adrenergic blockers
drugs for heart failure
ace inhibitors again
class1 sodium channel blockers
class 1b agents
class II beta blockers
class III potassium channel blockers
class IV calcium channel blockers
prophylaxis of coronary heart disease
drugs that lower LDL cholesterol levels
classes of lipoproteins
lipid lowering drugs
HMG CoA Reductase inhibitor
bile acid-binding resins
fibric acid derivatives
drugs for angina pectoris
routes of administration for it
calcium channel blockers
prevention of MI & Death
Anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and thrombolytic drugs
diff bw veins/arteries and what drugs
management of ST elevation myocardial infarction
adjunct drug therapy
complications of MI
Non drug therapy of MI
Drugs for Hemophilia
drugs for def. anemias
iron def. anemias
vit b12 def.
vit b12 preps
folic acid anemia
causes and consequences
hematopoietic and thrombopoietic growth factors
leukopoietic growth factors
thrombopoietic growth factor
See what I mean....ITS INSANE. And there are about 10 little details and a couple slides information for each one. I am OVERWHELMED. And that is just the heart packet!
So basically I was wondering from those who have taken this class, what are the really important topics I should focus on for the test? What topics really need to be known or are pretty general so I know what to study. Any information or help is appreciated!!
Oct 24, '09
I'm sorry to say ALL of it is important. You just have to start studying hardcore early. I must say that does indeed look like a wicked test though. I got tested on most of those things you listed, but they weren't clumped into such a huge test such as yours. There's no shortcuts to be taken, if you do you will miss out on information and you'll just kick yourself when that specific question comes up to haunt you again.
Oct 24, '09
there's a whole website on cardiovascular pharmacology: http://www.cvpharmacology.com/index.html
- cardiovascular pharmacology concepts
here is another website for pharmacy students where you will find some pathophysiology and explanation of the mechanisms of actions for some of the different drugs (all drugs, not just cardiac): http://www.pharmacology2000.com/learning2.htm
Oct 24, '09
Thank you Daytonite, you are so nice!
Must Read Topics