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Pseudoephedrine Pharmacology

Pseudoephedrine is commonly used to help relieve nasal congestion. There are some adverse effects you need to be aware of with pseudoephedrine. Insomnia, increase in blood pressure, and urinary retention are all possible. When I assess a patient using pseudoephedrine, I like to investigate blood pressure, history of urinary problems and insomnia history. Pseudoephedrine can cause the prescribing cascade. I lay out examples in the podcast. Pseudoephedrine should not be utilized with MAOI's if...


Fentanyl Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss fentanyl pharmacology. I address important considerations that you must remember with fentanyl patches. Those considerations include how pharmacokinetics can impact our patients. I also break down common side effects of opioids as well as potential common drug interactions. Drug diversion and illicit use is an important consideration when using fentanyl. I also touch on this topic. Nearly 1,000 healthcare professionals have signed up and received this FREE Top 200...


Quinolone Antibiotic Pharmacology

Quinolones are a class of antibiotics that can be used for various infections. I discuss the pharmacology, adverse effects, drug interactions and other items on this podcast episode. On this episode, I talk about the warnings associated with quinolones. Quinolone use has subsided over time, not due to the fact that they are ineffective, but to rising concerns and warnings about adverse effects. Quinolones can interact with quite a few medications. I've seen a case of amiodarone and...


Potassium Supplement Pharmacology

On this episode I discuss why we may need to use potassium supplements. I also talk about a medication error situation involving potassium that lead to a death. It is important to remember other medications that can raise potassium levels. I also talk about a dosage form of potassium that might make patients ask some questions. Enjoy the show and I hope you sign up to get our free 31 page PDF!


Apixaban Pharmacology

On this episode, I talk about apixaban (Eliquis) pharmacology. I also cover adverse effects like bleeding and what to monitor. Drug interactions are a concern with apixaban and I discuss a few items that you may want to look out for. It is important to remember that apixaban does require dose adjustments in certain situations as well. Check out our free giveaway for healthcare professionals and students. It is a top 200 study guide of highly testable pearls! (Free 31 page PDF)


Metoclopramide (Reglan) Pharmacology

Metoclopramide Pharmacology Metoclopramide can block dopamine receptors as part of it's mechanism of action. I discuss the clinical implications from this in the podcast. Metoclopramide can exacerbate Parkison's disorder so you need to be careful in that type of patient. Metoclopramide is dosed frequently, which can potentially be a downside as far as patient adherence goes. Metoclopramide has a few potential interactions that you should be aware of. I talk about those in this episode. Be...


SGLT-2 Inhibitors Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss the mechanism of action of the SGLT-2 Inhibitors and how they lower blood sugar. These drugs are classically used for diabetes and eliminate blood sugar through the urine. One of the potential side effects is that these drugs can increase the risk of genital infections and urinary tract infections. There is a boxed warning on canagliflozin for its potential to increase the risk of amputation. These drugs also have a mild diuretic type effect and can potentially...


Tetracyclines Pharmacology Episode 038

On this episode, I discuss how the tetracyclines impact bacterial protein synthesis. I also remind you of several medications that fall in the tetracycline class. Doxycycline is by far the medication I see used the most. You'll also learn about common side effects like GI upset and photosensitivity. I cover why this class of medication is typically avoided in pediatrics and pregnancy. I hope you enjoy the show and don't forget to snag your FREE 31 page PDF study guide!


Allopurinol Pharmacology

I break down the mechanism of action, side effects, and important drug interactions you need to know. I give you a sense of what things you might actually encounter in practice when working with patients who take allopurinol. Allopurinol is a top 200 drug. Remember to subscribe to the website for the Free 31 page PDF where I give you three highly testable pearls on the top 200 drugs. In addition to the 31 page PDF for subscribing, you will get a free 100 question...


Bupropion Pharmacology – Real Life Pharmacology

In this episode I discuss bupropion pharmacology. I cover the mechanism of action, side effects, and some relevant drug interactions. Important information in this episode includes: Possible indications for bupropion like depression and smoking cessation Risk of lowering seizure threshold Inhibition of CYP2D6 Dosage form considerations Pearls for onset of bupropion's action


Mirtazapine Pharmacology

On this episode, I cover mirtazapine pharmacology. We will review how mirtazapine works in the body and how those cause adverse effects and benefit out patient. I will also look at the side effect profile and why mirtazapine may be harmful or helpful in our patients. We cover drug interactions for mirtazapine in the podcast as well. Mirtazapine is an antidepressant and I mention discontinuation syndrome as well as what I see as being done when converting a patient from one antidepressant to...


Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors Pharmacology

The Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors are a class of medication used for various mental health disorder and pain syndromes. I talk about the pharmacology of the SNRI's and how it relates to their adverse effect profile. The pharmacology of SNRI's also plays an important role in why they are efficacious for treatment of pain compared to the SSRI's. In addition to the adverse effects, I will outline some common drug interactions and which medications might be affected by the...


Tricyclic Antidepressant Pharmacology

The TCA's are one of the older antidepressant type medications that can be used for a whole host of reasons. They are not without potential concerns however. I cover the MOA, drug interactions, side effects and clinical practice pearls of the tricyclic antidepressants in this episode.


Warfarin Pharmacology Episode 032

Warfarin is one of the most notorious medications when it comes to drug interactions. I cover the MOA, side effects, drug interactions, and pharmacology of the medication. Enjoy the episode and don't for get to subscribe to get our free study resources!


Carbidopa/Levodopa Pharmacology RLP Episode 031

On today's episode, I talk about the pharmacology of carbidopa/levodopa. We cover drug interactions, adverse effects, mechanism of action and why is this drug dose so frequently? Hope you enjoy the show and take advantage of our FREE giveaway, simply for following the show!


Aldosterone Antagonist Pharmacology RLP Episode 030

On today's episode, I discuss spironolactone and eplerenone. We cover the mechanism of action, monitoring parameters, adverse effects, and of course notable drug interactions. Enjoy the show and please take advantage of our FREE giveaway by following the podcast via email!


Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen Pharmacology RLP Episode 029

On this episode, I discuss the pharmacology of hydrocodone. We also cover adverse effects, clinical use, and important genetic and drug interactions. Enjoy the show and don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and receive a couple of free gifts!


Gabapentin and Pregabalin Pharmacology Episode 28

On today's episode, I breakdown the pharmacology of gabapentin and pregabalin and what you will see in clinical practice. These drugs are most often utilized for pain syndromes. I cover adverse effects, drug interactions, drug/disease interactions, mechanism of action in this episode.


Sulfonylurea Pharmacology RLP Episode 027

Sulfonylureas are an older, cheaper class of medication that is used to stimulate insulin secretion and lower blood sugar. I discuss the pharmacology and what to look out for in real life practice.


Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim RLP Episode 026

On this episode, I discuss sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. We cover mechanism of action, adverse effects, and some really important, clinically relevant drug interactions. Hope you enjoy the show and be sure to take advantage of our FREE 31 page PDF document on the highly testable pearls of the Top 200 Drugs. A great resource for any nursing, pharmacy, or midlevel, or med student!