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Prescription "cookbooks?"


Specializes in ICU, Med-Surg, Neuro, Education. Has 9 years experience.

I've had a few NP instructors tell me in the past they have "cookbooks" they like to carry with them - pharmacology books they've found helpful when they are prescribing a medication they don't prescribe super often as a refresher to know the correct dosage, frequency, etc. Does anyone have any knowledge of this or have a special "cookbook" they like/use?

I'm starting post MSN NP program in August and am interested in any pharmacology books that are helpful in the clinical setting!

I used the Epocrates App when I was in school- the free version. I'm a psych NP so I use the Stahl's App more than anything if I need to look up med dosage, how to start or stop meds. However I still use the Epocrates App especially for looking up drug interactions and contraindications.


Specializes in FNP.

I second the Epocrates app, free version. It's great for a quick check.

I use epocrates paid version and consider it a great investment!


Specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine. Has 8 years experience.

Epocrates, Medscape and UptoDate.

Numenor, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Internal Medicine. Has 9 years experience.

Epocrates for me. I usually use it for dosing instructions (renal wise).

djmatte, ADN, MSN, RN, NP

Has 7 years experience.

5 minute clinical consult is my standard quick reference. But occasionally go deeper with other options.

Shoe, APRN, NP

Specializes in Emergency/Family Nurse Practitioner. Has 30 years experience.

I use the paid version of Epocrates, as it is a quick and easy one to use, and is especially useful for the drug interaction check. I use Up to Date as well, but much less frequently. I haven’t updated it recently, but I used to use the Sanford Guide App a lot for antibiotics.

Back in the days of paper books, I would carry a Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, and a Harriet Lane Handbook (perds), and a Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia in the pocket of my lab coat, but I no longer wear one, so don’t have room to carry any books in my scrubs. (And going back a long, long time ago, I used to make 4x6 index cards with a ring attachment with all the information I needed about most of the medications I used Most frequently).

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NurseKnope, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Med-Surg, Neuro, Education. Has 9 years experience.

Thanks for all the comments!! I have downloaded the epocrates app and it's pretty awesome!

thinbluelineRN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Corrections, Public Health, Occupational Medicine.

I use the Epocrates free version app on my iphone.

I use Lexicomp religiously and pay the monthly fee. I think it is totally worth it, especially after listening to a medical podcast of app recommendations. A physician said that it would hold up better in a court of law than epocrates if something adverse happened, but I can't remember the reason why right now. I use the free version of epocrates from time to time as well. I do like the pill identification feature.