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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Insanely Rapid Way to Ace Pharmacology in Nursing School

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INSANELY Rapid way to Ace Pharmacology


Is pharmacology killing you?? Ruining your life?! Destroying all the happy thoughts that once used to dance in your head?!

Yep. Pharm sucks.

But luckily for you, you found this fabulous post where I'm going to share something great with you!

Have you ever noticed how some medication classifications have similarities in their names? ACE inhibitors are "prils" and Beta Blockers are "lol"

What are they laughing out loud about anyways? I don't trust them...

So here, I'm going to break it down for you. Something I wished I did about a year and a half ago. Better late than never, right? ha.


  • Androgens: Most names end with -terone (progesterone)


  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors:Most names end with -pril


  • Antidiuretic hormones: Most names end in -pressin (desmopressin)


  • Antilipemic medications: Many end with -statin (atorvastatin)


  • Antiviral medications: Most contain vir (acyclovir - Treats the herp. Yum.)


  • Benzodiazepines: most names such as diazepam (Valium) end in -pam. (Another tip for identifying a benzodiazepine: The name includes a vowel-z-vowel combination- such as chlordiazepoxide)


  • Beta-adrenergic blockers: Most names end with -lol (metoprolol)


  • Calcium channel blockers: Most names end in -pine (amiodipine); exceptions include diltiazem and verapamil.


  • Estrogens: Most names contain -est (estradiol)


  • Glucocorticoids and corticosteroids: Most names end in -sone (prednisone)


  • Histamine H2 receptor antagonists: Most names end in -dine (cimetidine )


  • Nitrates: Most names contain nitr (nitroglycerin)


  • Pancreatic enzyme replacements: Most names contain pancre (pancrealipase)- Although I feel like those are kind of no brainers- but I had a lot of previous experience with the pancreas before starting nursing school.


  • Proton pump inhibitors: Most names end in -zole (lansoprazole)


  • Sulfonamides: Most names include sulf (sulfasalazine) - I LOVE it when they're easy like that!! Thank you blessed pharmacology gods. Our offering of the sacrificial lamb must have quenched your thirst! -- Side note, I write these late at night usually guys. I'm kind of a hot mess. haha. Minus the hot. 


  • Thiazide diuretics: Most names end in -zide (hydrochlorothiazide ) but you already knew that from my diuretic post! ;)


  • Thrombolytics: Most names include -ase (alteplase)
  • Thyroid hormones: Most names contain thy (levothyroxine) - Makes me happy when they're easy.



Alright. That should give you a great head start!! I noticed some of these, but some I did not. Not even now. I love seeing things broken down like this. 


You stay classy, San Diego..... or wherever you are...

Other posts you might like: How to Pass Pharmacology



Do you have any tricks to help you remember drug names in pharmacology?? Comment below and let us know how you get your study on!


Xoxo,

Nightingale


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