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The drug classification quizzes are comprehensive
starting with

Unit 06

(which are the Urinary & GI drugs).



HINTS for finding classifications of drugs for tests:

  • PHARMACOLOGY TEXTBOOK--Summary Drug Table for each chapter
    • See Summary Drug Table, chapter 41, pages 439-444
    • Chapter title is generally a classification and applies to ALL drugs in the chapter   (Chapter 41 Antihypertensives - antihypertensives is the drug class for drugs in that chapter)
    • The chapter title is generally the heading of the drug table also (Antihypertensives)
    • Look at the sub-headings within the drug table; these are classifications for the drugs listed under them.  (Peripheral Vasodilators, Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Drugs, ..., Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, ... )
    • Sometimes the sub-headings are not included in classifications for tests.  If unsure, ask me.  (For unit 2 drug classifications, the sub-headings are not required)
    • Look up the drug under the generic name (check Index if needed)
    • Check the Functional Class.  That is a classification. 
    • On occasion the Chemical Class might be one that needs to be included.  Usually it is not considered for classification in this course.
    • Listen to things I say in lecture about drug classifications
    • Sometimes I might call the drug classification something slightly different than in the text or drug reference so know both.  (pg 439 - Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Drugs = Beta Blockers)
    • Sometimes I give hints to help you know how I am going to format the test, perhaps specific classifications I will be asking
    • Look for hints within the lecture discussion
    • Examples  (-cillin for penicillins, cef- or ceph- for cephalosporins, -olol for beta-adrenergic blocking drugs)
    • Some endings on generic drug names are not specific to that particular drug classification; other drugs may have the same ending





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