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I am now a 4th year and soon intern/resid. in FM. So far in school and rotation I am usually using generic names except a few brand names. But, in my experiance in rotation most people uses brand names instead. So, I am just wondering what is the best way to learn the brand names. Should I learn by looking the generic name and brand name side to side or just learn the brand name separately? Do you think I am ok as long as I know the generic names becouse I still can look up when I need the brand name equivalent?

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I would stick with knowing the generic names and picking up the brand names as time goes on. No one will fault you for it. You can just look it up on epocrates if you need help.
 

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I would stick with knowing the generic names and picking up the brand names as time goes on. No one will fault you for it. You can just look it up on epocrates if you need help.
Agreed. Remebering the generic names will also help you remember the drug class since they're all names similarly in a specific class (captopril, lisinoppril, enalapril, etc.). You'll eventually figure out the brand names if you need to, or you can just look it up. Also, as we all switch to EMR/CPOE, the computer will know both names so it won't matter. I can order 1mg of hydromorphone or 1mg of Dilaudid; 50mg of Lopressor or 50mg of metoprolol...the computer doesn't care.
 
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Thank you all. I will keep learning the most commonly used ones and I will look up the rest.