1. Does anyone have any tips for studying pharmacology? I am starting in January.
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  3. by   onduty23
    stick to the basic. you dont have to know everything about a drug eg. all drug interaction.
  4. by   S.N. Visit
    You'll find that many drugs that are in the same class have the same suffix, for example most drugs that end with "dine", are usually antihistamines or antihypertensives; beta blockers usually end in "lol"; Ace inhibitors usually end in "pril", etc. I think the best way to learn them is when you are in clinical, the more you pass them out the more they stick with you. To get through the the pharm class itself, it's just memorization one day at a time. Good luck
  5. by   Daytonite
    here's a link to a current thread on this topic. there is some very good advice and information here for you:

    also, make it a point to check out the threads in the following forums on this site. i find that students post to any one of these particular three forums, so what you may not find in one, you may find in one of the others:
    general nursing student discussion forum
    nursing student assistance forums
    pre-nursing student forum

    in particular, check out the "sticky" threads in these forums as they contain a lot of information that will help you out.
  6. by   RN and Mommy
    Just group the drugs by class and look at any similarities (lol, pril). Know the side effects, interactions, uses, mechanism of actions for the drugs. Some particular drugs in a class are used for basically one thing. I always made it a point to know which drugs may be used for a different use than most of drugs in the same class because it seemed like we always had a question about that particular drug. I just passed it and I am GLAD it is over! Oh yeah, study the questions at the end of the chapters and if your book comes with a CD study that. Ours always had lots of good NCLEX questions on it. Sometimes they would appear on the exams in class as well. I wish you the best of luck!