Published Jun 25, 2005
I have BIG problems remembering meds and all the info related to them (dosages, adverse effects, iterraction with other meds, activity times etc etc etc).
I just got NC Review 3000 - and there hundreds of meds mentioned in hundreds of questions. There are thousands of meds on the market, I just can't learn all of them!!! I can hardly learn to remember 20-50, but not thousands! No way...
If the NCLEX exam is anything like this program and it will keep asking me about exotic drugs on every second question - I'll never make it!
How do you learn them?
I would be aware of the top 100 used in every day care of patients, forget about learning thousands.
Send me your e-mail address via a pm, not here, and I will send you a list. :)
I have drug cards made up that you can download here if you are interested, I used a "top 100" meds type list to make them:
There is a list of the 100 most used drugs ...that would have been helpful i racked my brain trying to memorize drugs:uhoh3: I would appreciate a list to focus on if you have it suzzanne
I would be aware of the top 100 used in every day care of patients, forget about learning thousands.Send me your e-mail address via a pm, not here, and I will send you a list. :)
Suzanne, I sent you my email addy also. Thanks!
ckh23, BSN, RN
Just took the NCLEX and only had 2 med questions. Can't remember what they are off the top of my head, but I wouldn't spend too much time on them. Concentrate on priority.
Hi, I took the Nclex last week and most of the drug questions were on the most common drugs, Lovenox, digoxin, lasix, K-Dur, beta blockers (olol) ect ect... So my advice would be to learn the most common ones and try to know the different classifications and how they work.
I had mostly priority, one math, around 10 pick all that apply, and one disaster planning. I passed with 75 questions in around an hour. I did the Hurst review which reinforced some of the things I had forgotten from class and then used the Saunders Review Cd and Rn Review made incredibly easy (just love having the questions and answers on the same page).
Anyway, relax...do lots of questions and you should do just fine. It will all be over soon.
suzanne, would you mind forwarding the list to me as well?
Double-Helix, BSN, RN
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.
Since questions can't be predicted, there is no way to know which, if any, drugs will be asked about.
hi suzanne, I was hoping you can send me the list too, am gonna be taking my nclex soon... and was hoping you can share it with me too... so i have a list of drugs to review on... thank you
here's my e-mail. [email protected] hope to get an e-mail from you...
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