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This fast and easy pharmacology review through mnemonics recognizes that many future nurses, doctors, physician assistants, and pharmacists (chemists) have families, jobs, and other responsibilities. Do you have time enough time to make 100 percent sure you will pass in the classroom or on the board exam? For most students taking the NCLEX, NAPLEX, USMLE Step-1, PANCE, GPHC, or KAPS exam, the answer is no. 

I wrote this mnemonic guide as an audiobook first to help you remember pharmacology drug names and principles quickly. While in the classroom your professors might say memorization doesn't matter, but you can't bring outside material to the board exam, so for this test, you do need to work on memory training. You already know the consequences of failing a class or board exam, so let's make sure that doesn't happen by getting pharmacology organized in your head once and for all. 

©2018 Tony Guerra (P)2018 Tony Guerra

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This book helped me

I enjoyed the audible as well as the book, it helped me to remember the different types of drugs by the mnemonics that were listed as well as what each drug and its side effects are. I would definitely recommend this book as well as the audible for anyone who needs help with pharmacology and another way to remember these different types of drugs as well as what the side effects are. Here are some examples from the audible that helped me with my quiz/exams:

BUILD A BARRIER (affects the intestine)

B: Bismuth Subsalicylate
UIL: Loperamide
D: Diphenoxylate

A: Atropine

BARRIER

MORPHINE (side effects)

M: Mu Receptor
O: Opioid Sedation
R: Respiratory Depression
P: Pinpoint pupils
H: Hypotension, Orthostatic
I: Impaction, Constipation
N: Nausea, Emesis
E: Euphoria

ABCD RHYME (antihistamines)

A: Anticholinergic
B: Brompheniramine
C: Chlorpheniramine
D: Diphenhydramine

R: Rest, Sedation Causing
HY: Hydroxyzine
ME: Meclizine

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Lucyjam.Pham student

When I started my class it was very confusing and I got a little frustrated trying to memorize 200 drugs in you blue book Memorizing Pharmacology. It was up until I learned using your Mnemonics that everything started sinking in my head .I like this book so much because I can listen it anywhere.I have so far learned new ones in this new book. I like how you come up with Mnemonics that really suits into place like tumor medication Mnemonics FLAWEDATLAST, or sedatives APEZZ , cardiac drugs ABCD and birth control SAVETONIGHT.I like cardiac the most because ABCD is also used a lot in emergency situations. So think of heart being an important organ.

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Great Audible Book

I have found this audible easy to listen to and love the clever use of the mnemonics used because it helps me to remember not only my drug names but what they are used for. My favorite three mnemonics in this audible so far are BECALM (medications used to reduce anxiety), CALMEDADHD, and PAINNMEDS.

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Great Resource for Nursing Students!

As a nursing student I am always trying to find a way to shorten the amount of time I am studying but, also wanting to retain the information I am learning. Mnemonics are a great and useful tool for me! Although I would not use mnemonics for all 400 drugs, it has helped tremendously a good amount of the drugs needed to learn! Listening to the audio book hands-free and anywhere is very beneficial when I am driving for long periods of time, at appointments, shopping, etc! Some mnemonics that stuck with me are:

ABDUCT for Anticholinergic Side Effects. This was a very simple and easy way to remember the side effects and was also used a lot when dealing with gastrointestinal medications.

A: Anhidrosis
B: Blurry vision
D: Dry eyes
U: Urinary retention
C: Constipation
T: Tachycardia

GRAM NEGATIVES for Aminoglycosides helped me because the mnemonic matched the type of medication. This mnemonic also had not only the symptoms, but also the medication names.

G: Gram-negative
R: Renal toxic
A: Aura toxic
M: Monitor peaks

N: Neomycin/ Polymyxin B
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G: Gentamicin
A: Amikacin
T: Tobramycin
I: Inhibit protein synthesis
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S: Streptomycin

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Great Tool for Nursing Program

I think the Mnemonics are very useful for trying to remember everything needed for getting ready for the NCLEX. I believe this is a great tool, but I would not use this as my primary source for learning the drugs because there are so many. A few of the ones that have stuck while taking this course are:
Mu receptor
Opioid sedation
Respiratory depression
Pinpoint pupils
Hypotension, orthostatic
Impaction/constipation
Nausea/emesis
Euphoria
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Buspirone
Extended time to start working
Clonazepam
Alprazolam
Lorazepam
Midazolam

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Great supplement for those learning pharmacology!

Loved having the audio book to listen to while I studied or ran errands. The voice is a little dry compared to the English voice on "Memorizing Pharmacology: A Relaxed Approach." However the voice is very clear. I like the jokes and silly mnemonics. These really help to take the massive amount of material and make it more approachable.

My favorite mnemonics are "Man, Flush This" for Diuretics, "Ups Affect"" for SSRI's and the "MT ALT CCD" for Benzodiazepines short-to-long acting. These stuck in my head easily and helped a lot in studying.

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Great Resource/relatable learning

As a nursing student my day is always packed. This book makes it easier to incorporate learning in my daily activities. I can easily pick up from where I left off with the short mnemonics Dr. Guerra uses. The short phrases are helping me retain the material that I need to learn. For example he uses a nickname given to sertraline related to its side effects- I will always remember that.
Mnemonics I can remember: RESTT and LOT
Ramelteon. Lorazepam
Estazolam. Oxazepam
Suvorexant. Temazepam
Temazepam
Triazolam

I also like the mnemonic BARB slept too long.
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Good resource for students in nursing!

I would recommend this book to future nursing or medical field students and employees.This is a very detailed book. It contains numerous drugs, the classifications and generic names. It uses many mnemonics to help you learn several drugs at once, instead of struggling with one at a time. Some of the mnemonics I found very challenging, because I had trouble relating the word being used to the drugs. I also really struggled with the mnemonics that had additional letters not used for a specific drug or symptom. With that being said, I did really like the mnemonics with the symptoms and side effects added into the word or phrase. The shorter mnemonics where more useful and easier for me to learn.
I found the mnemonic ACED PUD helpful and easier to remember.
Amoxicillin
Clarithromycin
Esomeprazole
Double dosing of the PPI
PUD (peptic ulcer disease)


another mnemonic used that I found helpful was NSAIDS, although the abbreviations NSAIDS is used often, it was nice to have the same letters with some of the medications.

Naproxen
Sulindac
Aspirin
Ibuprofen
Diclofenac
Salsalate

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Great studying resource

I find that this book is very useful in helping learn a lot of the pharmacology vocabulary. The Audible version allows the user to hear the terms as they should be pronounced. My favorite mnemonics so far are: My My My Freaking Head Hurts Ouch Ouch (musculoskeletal),Be Calm (Neuro/psych), A Pezz Resttt (Neuro/psych).

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Very helpful!

I really enjoyed the different mnemonics in this book! It’s very helpful if you have time to sit down and write out the different ones given. Some of them are really odd which makes you remember them even better!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-18

PharmD Student

For anyone studying pharmacology, this audiobook is great! Would recommend for anyone who is approaching it for the first time or has had trouble learning to get a snapshot of pharmacology through mnemonics that are very easy to listen to and learn. I love how it’s broken down by disease states and groups drug classes together!

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  • Zain Anwar
  • 07-18-18

great book!

current US pharm.D student, excellent mnemonic for memorization, greatly helped me out in remembering pharmacology.