The pharmacology component of the NCLEX is fairly large and is an area many particularly focus on in preparing to do well on the exam.

First, here are 10 pharmacology practice questions.

Also I go through some of the cardiovascular and psychiatric medications commonly asked about to make your life easier.

Questions it commonly asks are: what type of medication is appropriate for a certain condition, what kinds of side effects you can expect, and what a patient should know about a medication.

A common NCLEX pharmacology question is:

"A patient was prescribed tiotropium. What is a sign that they may be having serious side effects?"

Then options like:

  • They are thirsty
  • They report occasional eye pain

Another common pharmacology question is, "A patient was prescribed glipizide. What statement indicates they've been educated about their treatment?"

Then options like:

  • I should monitor my blood sugar
  • I don't have to worry about my diet as long as I use it.

You are also expected to be able to perform basic manipulations of dosing. You may be given a question that asks about a stronger version of a medication and how it should be dosed for someone getting a weaker dose.

To prepare for this section, you should study and memorize the most commonly used medications. We're talking hundreds of medications, so it can take a bit of time and work.

It's perhaps most helpful to study basic drug theory and ideas so that you know how to classify and understand things. For instance, studying cardiac pharmacology in general, can help you understand how to classify a beta blocker and where it fits into overall treatment.

Make sure to learn the potential issues with a medication. Their side effect profiles are a common question.

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