Prescriptions book

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  1. PharmMiss

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    Hey guys. I have been accepted into Pharmacy school for next year and I would like to be prepared as much as I can. I work in a pharmacy. but I only work 2 days a week so that does not do me any justice whatsoever about prescriptions names and their actions. is there any book ( like prescriptions for dummies) that I can buy to help me start. I am not the usual over-achiever but I would like to be prepared. Thanks guys:)
     
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  3. type b pharmD

    type b pharmD 7+ Year Member

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    Volunteer at a hospital pharmacy , steal/ask for copies of their handbooks (the ones sitting in shrink wrapped stacks somewhere of which the employees all have copies already). Healthcare information companies and drug companies give out tons of free **** to hospitals at least in my experience. Over summer internship I was able to pick up a couple handbooks of antibiotics, IV admixture handbook, and top 200 brand-generic handbook. Pretty nice stuff. Also your school may have freebies like that either as part of student organizations or as part of orientation. I would recommend waiting. The amount of resources available to you will astound you in pharmacy school (through the medical/pharmacy library), and you will have more effective ways to learn the material at that time, especially since you will be working on building the knowledge's context in your head from the classwork.

    For now, just check this out

    http://quizlet.com/2198288/top-200-rx-drug-list-brandgeneric-drug-class-flash-cards/

    Or go peruse your local medical library and see what catches your eye.

    Tbh, the most helpful school related thing pharmacy employment has taught me is standard doses. Packaging thousands of lisinopril 10s and amlodipine 5s , etc, you get to know the routine doses used, which can come in handy just having the number be slightly familiar in your head when youre on that exam, etc.
     
  4. Ackj

    Ackj 7+ Year Member

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    Excellent advice. I have so many dosing protocols from hospitals in my binder that I pull out for case studies and everybody is always like "how do you know that?"
     
  5. type b pharmD

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    Yeah. Dosing protocols are the best! When i first discovered them was when I realized the real world of pharmacy is much easier to deal with than school. Everything about them is so practical! Very refreshing
     
  6. schamj01

    schamj01 2+ Year Member

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    I have a spreadsheet of the top 100 prescribed drugs, dosage forms, indications, counseling tips, etc. If you want it, PM me.
     
  7. pharm B

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    I just picked up APhA's Complete Review for Pharmacy. I've been using it as a kind of supplement to stuff we learn in class. A previous edition is probably better priced than the newest one (at ~$70, I think).
     
  8. kvl1027

    kvl1027 Member 7+ Year Member

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    I say enjoy your summer and relax. You will learn everything you need to know when you get there.

    If you really must find a top 200 list of drugs and learn the brand/generics, don't get into the pharmacology you will have plenty of time to stress over p-cology.
     
  9. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl brr 10+ Year Member

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    I used to think that way but now I say it's not a bad idea to get that baseline knowledge so you can focus on the actual content of what you are learning vs the minutia of brand/generic names when you get to pharm school. I was definitely ahead of my classmates who did not have work experience in that regard.
     
  10. PharmMiss

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    is there anything not overwhelming book that you will suggest?
     
  11. PharmMiss

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    My town does not have a medical library. And I checked the link you gave me. pretty cool stuffs. Thank you for your help.
     
  12. PharmMiss

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    what are dosing protocols??
     
  13. type b pharmD

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    Basically cheat sheets that tell you what dose to use in different situations, per your hospital's guidelines . Usually they're for complex drugs like heparin, vancomycin etc, stuff that you would otherwise have to calculate by hand. They save a lot of time which is why they're awesome
     
  14. kvl1027

    kvl1027 Member 7+ Year Member

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    But, is there really a need to be that ahead of your classmates? I mean how far ahead can someone get in one summer and why?

    The truth is you were probably a better student than a lot of your classmates and you would have been ahead anyway.
     
  15. PharmMiss

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  16. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    I reject your premises, lol.
     
  17. PharmMiss

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    why is that? lol
     
  18. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    "Some kind of solid knowledge" is vague enough that I suppose it almost has to be true, but I think you were implying that they have drug knowledge, which is not really the case. Don't build up the image of your classmates in your head, I promise they put their pants on one leg at a time. And many of them will be clueless about if it matters if the tab is pink or yellow. ;)
     
  19. PharmMiss

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    Ok, so may be they dont have "solid" knowledge but some of them know something. lol, am i over reacting??
     
  20. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    Some will have been a tech sense you were in HS, others will have never set foot in a pharmacy. It runs the gantlet.
     
  21. PharmMiss

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    so what do you suggest??
     
  22. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    You are not going to like it, but I suggest enjoying your last summer before pharmacy school.
     
  23. PharmMiss

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    you are right, I dont like it. lol
     
  24. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    :lol:
     
  25. PharmMiss

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    can we make an exception? lol
     
  26. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    I suppose the Top 200 is worth browsing if you just insist on learning something between now and then. The problem is without context it just doesn't amount to much. Playing WOW>Learning Top 200 independently. If you can get a job, that would be cool. Otherwise I just do not know how much you can do on your own that would be worthwhile.
     
  27. PharmMiss

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    lol, I will go for the 200 top drugs. I would let you know it goes:) And I do work in a pharmacy ( only 2 days a week, so I dont really get to learn much).
     
  28. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    Ah, that will help a lot! You are already ahead of the curve, trust me.

    Good Luck. :luck:
     
  29. PharmMiss

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    Thank you :)
     

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