i'll be having pharmacology next sem, any tips?
Pharmacology is the heart of pharmacy. You need to have a good memorisation skill but understanding it will be the key. Sad to say, there is no shortcut. You need to take a lot of your time to study it by heart.
In studying the drugs:
- Study the normal mechanism of the body
- Study the abnormal mechanism of the body
- Compare the normal & abnormal mechanism of the body
- Study how the drug works to correct the abnormal mechanism of the body
for example you are studying cardiovascular drugs: 1. study the normal physiology of the heart 2. study what happen when a person has a cardiovascular disease 3. study the difference between a normal heart & a heart with cardiovascular disease 4. study how cardiovascular drugs will correct the condition
Use flashcards, notecards & the likes
- Use one side of the card and write the drug & other side with is mechanism of action
- Use one side of the card and indicate its pharmacologic category & the other side with the list of drugs under that category
This are very handy & you can bring it anywhere you go. :)
Be creative, Use Mnemonics
In this way, the information will be easy to remember.
- the non-specific beta blockers are NSTP (Nadolol, Sotalol, Timolol, Propranolol)
- specific beta blockers are BEAM (Bisoprolol, Esmolol, Atenolol, Metoprolol)
- beta blockers, mostly but not all the time, ends with -olol
- angiotensin II receptor antagonist usually ends with -sartan (Losartan, Candesartan)
- HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors usually ends with -statin (Simvastatin, Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin)
- ACE inhibitors usually ends with -pril (Captopril, Lisinopril)
- Proton pump inhibitor - ends with -prazole (Pantoprazole, Esomeprazole)
- H2 receptor blockers -ends with -tidine (Famotidine, Cimetidine)
Be productive during internships. Use that as an opportunity to be more familiar with the drugs.
The arrangement of medicine either in the community or hospital setting is mostly by their therapeutic category. Observe. Read. Write. Repeat. In this way you will be familiar with the drugs more.
Guide books & Apps
there are a lot of guide books like Pharmacopeia, but due to technology it is easily accessible to everyone today. :) There are several apps that are downloadable for free in the Apps Store & Google Play like…
- Micromedex Drug Information
- Monthly Prescribing Reference
The course itself is not easy but if you have the determination to study & to learn, nothing will come difficult. Good luck to you! I know you can do it. :)