Pharmacology theory

  1. Hi all,
    Just wondering if anyone out there can help. I'm an LPN student
    (2nd semester). I have a big problem learning my drugs (Pharmacology). I feel overwhelming with all the informations that I have to know. I have a long list of drug classifications that I have to know major action, indication, side effect, etc. On top of that, I need to be able to give examples of trade and generic name for each classification to my instructor. Any tip??

    Thank you all in advance.
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  3. by   frez
    Make drug cards out and study them this helped me. By writing them out that helps you learn them and study from them which also helps
  4. by   mtacare
    I sugesst u should have a Drug Book its really helpful for Pharma students, i am using now the 2005 Edition old but its still very good.
  5. by   mtacare
    One more thing, Drug Books comes with a CD, so u can just install and sort out drugs, by names, generics, classifications etc.

    Good luck!
  6. by   mixyRN
    I'm taking Pharm this summer... over only 4 weeks! I just purchased a CD, nursing pharmacology made incredibly easy, that claims to have games and puzzles to play to help learn. There is also a paper copy available. I actually purchased both. Maybe these would help you? Here is a link to info on them. Good luck!
  7. by   maxandruby
    Thank you frez,mtacare, and mixy. I really appreciate your suggestions. I came across this book "memory notebook of nursingharmacology & diagnoses" online. I just ordered it less than an hour ago. Have any of you guys heard this book? I hope I choose the right book.

    Thanks again,
  8. by   Daytonite
    although i've been an rn for many years, i've been going back to school to learn health information management. one of my classes this semester had pharmacology as a required component. while it doesn't go into the depth (dosages) that my nursing classes ever did, we still had to know the classifications of the drugs, what they were used for and major side effects. we had a textbook that had much of this information, but i still made sheets for the various classifications of the drugs. each page included the following items: action, use, side effects, precautions and then i listed some of the drugs included in that category and what they were used for. i got most of the information from my textbook, but i also included information i found in my nursing drug reference book. there was often a page in the beginning of this nursing drug reference book about each particular classification. i also used the two websites which i'm listing below. although they are from pharmacy schools and some of the information, although not all, was really over my head, there is still some useful information there. sometimes reading another explanation of something helps to put things in perspective. i'm attaching a copy of one of my drug classification sheets, this one is on alpha adrenergics so you can see how i set these sheets up. once you learn about the major drug classifications, you will find that most of the drugs within that classification have the same side effects and mechanisms of actions. learning the individual drugs involves learning what is unique, if anything, to that particular drug alone and distinguishes it from other drugs in the same class. my experience as a nursing student many years ago, and recently, was that the instructors tend to question you on commonly given drugs that have quirkly little things about them. the other is knowing the normal dosage of the most commonly given drugs, not the far out stuff that is hardly ever given. to gauge what common or not, look at the top 100 or 200 drugs sold by pharmacies on their web sites. and, i can tell you from my study of health information management that the top diseases that people are hospitalized for are strokes, pneumonia, copd, congestive heart failure, other types of heart failure, procedures related to the heart such as cardiac catheterizations, balloon angioplasties, and pacemaker insertions, hip and knee replacements and diabetes. so, the drugs prescribed to treat the signs and symptoms connected with those conditions are going to be given the most. respiratory and heart problems are the two biggest reasons people get hospitalized in our cultures. and type ii diabetes is starting to run rampant down here in the u.s. as an example, insulins are all pretty much the same. what distinguishes them from each other is their length of action. some are shorter acting, others longer acting. however, what they do and how they do it doesn't change from one type to the other. and, that's what you'll get tested over. there are some drugs where it is common to give a loading dose. the side effects and mechanisms of action will be the same as all the others drugs in that classification but you'll most likely get tested about that loading dose business. another example i can think of is that gentamycin causes ototoxicity (loss of hearing) in too high doses, so it is often monitored by doing periodic therapeutic drug levels through simple blood drawing. this is something that is very unique to this antibiotic. you can be sure that if a question is asked about gentamycin, it's going to be about this particular side effect.

    hope that kind of rationalizing helps. they can't ask you everything. if an instructor is tricky and is looking to deliberately trip students up then you haven't got a prayer because there is no way to know what's in their mind. however, a fair instructor is going to ask about the actions, uses and side effects of the major classifications of drugs, the specific drugs you will commonly use and about some of those unique things associated with certain specific drugs. that narrows down your list of what to memorize quite a bit. a lot better than memorizing everything. good luck!

    Unit 2 Alpha Adrenergics.doc - an online "textbook" of pharmacology. site includes outlines of pharmacology information plus practice questions, flashcards and tests. answers to tests are online. - this is an online tutorial on pharmacology from the university of kansas medical center of drugs by their classification or by use in disease. this site was designed to teach students of medicine and pharmacy and has good information. most of the information is organized into several pages of tutorials where you are given drug or drug classification information and then presented with a question to answer before you can move on to the next piece of information.
  9. by   mixyRN
    DAYTONIGHT- thank you SO much for the info!
    This is going to be really helpful for me! I just took my last final for the 1st semester and I'm already looking ahead to summer pharm. thanks again! :spin:
  10. by   GoldenFire5
    Thanks so much Daytonite! I always learn so much from your posts.

    I also liked the way you organized the drug sheet on the alpha adrenergics. Very helpful way of looking at a class of drugs.
  11. by   maxandruby
    Daytonite...this is awesome !! I can't thanks you enough.
    I just got home from school with a whole bunch of assignments for Pharm class. Your informations are superb. Thank you again.