Is there an easy way memorizing drug names?

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    Hi, I am a first semester nursing student and I need some advice about how to study pharmacology or how to memorize drug names. Can you help me please?

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    IMHO there is nothing easy about nursing school and pharmacology is the hardest of all. No easy way, just study study study. Make drug cards, put them in order of classifications that way at least you can have similar actions and adverse effects together. Good luck. work hard.
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    Some drug classifications are easy to remember because of there endings.

    - olol or lol drugs are Beta Blockers
    - statin's are lipid lowering agents
    - caine's are usually numbing agents
    - il's or ril's are ACE inhibitors
    - sartan's are ARB's

    Those are some of them that I use to remember. I know that some antibiotics are linked with similar endings like -sporins and what not, you could go through drug classes and write down how they are similar and linked. Figure out your safety parameters for each class and then study that way. (Just in case you aren't familiar with safety parameters they are like HR and BP for the ACEI and such, aka reason you look at when determining if you should give the med.)
    Hope this helps!
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    I'm also a nursing student, and currently taking Pharmacology. There is SO much information, the only thing to do is study and read over the drugs repeatedly. There are some helpful name recognition tricks listed above ^, and I definitely use those. For the drugs I have a hard time remembering, I try to make up a pretend patient with a name I can remember and give them a condition treatable with the drug I'm memorizing. I also make lots of charts classifying the Mechanism of Action, Therapeutic Effects, and Adverse Effects, etc. Hope this helps. I know where you are coming from. It is a very overwhelming topic, but just review lots and eventually you will get it.
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    Listen to what belle87 said and do your best to memorize in GROUPS. Kaplan actually makes cards of the 300 most commonly seen drugs on the NCLEX and its only 25 dollars. You will notice the patterns.

    Cephalosporins also start with "cef"
    Macrolides end in "mycin"
    Tetracyclines end in "cycline"
    Sulfa drugs have a "sulfa" somewhere in the name

    You will be fine- pharm is just crazy hard.
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    Im a Senior Student... I suggest that you make a list of all the drugs that you prepare or administer during your clinical, so as an assignment look what is their main action or use. This has help me memorize some of the common drugs.

    Good Luck!
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    I studied Exam Cram NCLEX RN it was really good. You can get any edition. The website is Try to get it at your local library. It's free or look at or ebay. Good luck.
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    I am finding out that NCLEX is going to shoot for generic names on drugs altogther not even showing the brand names so thats another thing were going to have to learn. heres a website that you can go to and they will send you a pocket guide of the GBR (generic brand reference) its small and will fit easily with you. or you can call 1-800-RX-MYLAN hopefully this will help
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    greetings all ns adventurers,

    i just finished my 1st semester including pharm. at first i thought i had to memorize all the drugs that were in the chapters that i read. i learned after bombing 2 tests that i was to understand the classifications and how they work then recognize the prototype drugs that were under that classification. once i did that and recorded the classes i was in much better shape. it is more important that you understand what class they are in and what that class does. the drugs in the same class usually do basically the same things, and have the same side effects and drug interactions. it is not easy, by a long shot, but in clinicals when you start actually using the drugs, they ring a bell and you have an ah ha moment. it is a good idea to be able to recognize both the generic and trade names, because sometimes you will only see one of them.
    good luck to you, you can figure out this puzzle.
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    Not sure if you are taking psych yet. but this is what we came up with in study group

    atypical antipsychotics


    mood stabilizers
    dont touch the light tuesday night

    SSRI antidepressants

    please zoom past Chris last

    Kathy had a Very dangerous xray

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