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Studying for Pharmacology

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by Miffy Miffy Member

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Hello everyone,

I'm taking a pharmacology class and I am lost as to how to study. All of the drugs are so similar in some ways and have such subtle differences in side effects. I tend to be a visual learner so if anyone can help me out with study tips I would appreciate it greatly!

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There's some amazing pharma flashcards here created by AN user. Idk how to link on my phone.

My advice though is just break it into large chunks. Don't get caught up in differences among medications in the same family. Don't try to differentiate Bumex vs Lasix. They're in the same family, that'll drive any or cocoa for cocoa puffs.

Here's an example.

ACE Inhibitors

ACE = Angiotensin Converting Enzyme

Inhibitor = Stops

So it stops Angioconverting Enzyme.

What is ACE? ACE as the name says converts angiotensin I into Angiotensin II in the lungs.

Angiotensin II causes vasoconstriction and thus raises the systemic blood pressure. Angiotensin II also prompts release of aldosterone which will cause WATER and SODIUM retention and POTASSIUM excretion. Hence a possible side effect can be HYPOkalemia.

Also ... most common complaint of patients taking ACE Inh is a dry hacking cough.

Also, common sense tells is adverse effects can be hypotension/dizziness.

How can you identity Ace Inhibitors?

Anything ending in IL

Lisinopril

Enalapril

That's how I studied and broke it up.

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Esme12 has 40 years experience as a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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Nursing is unlike any other discipline. It's tough is many ways. Don't give up talk with your instructors. Hang in there!

Go to this thread for some excellent flashcards....Pharmacology Flashcards

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Nursing is unlike any other discipline. It's tough is many ways. Don't give up talk with your instructors. Hang in there!

Go to this thread for some excellent flashcards....Pharmacology Flashcards

Thank You Esme! I knew you'd post the link. =) and I'm glad you're back and in full swing on AN. Hope you're getting stronger everyday.

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