Top 200 drugs vs. Top 100 drugs


You've probably heard you should memorize the
Top 200 drugs in order to be prepared for the PTCB or ExCPT exams. You may even have a stack of flashcards to study them. Flashcards are a great tool and if you have them already you're in good shape.

However, here's the thing about the Top 200 drugs, Unless you work in a pharmacy or other health-care environment where you see drug names on a usual basis, learning and retaining the Top 200 is unreasonably difficult for most people. Try studying the
Top 100 Drug list first
. Also consider things like the likelihood of Lifestyle drugs (probably not) showing up on the test? etc. etc.



Top 100 Drugs

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BRAND GENERIC FUNCTION
Vicodin® APAP +
Hydrocodone
Pain Relief
(DEA Sch 3)
Prinivil® Lisinopril ACE inhibitor
Zocor® Simvastatin Statin
Synthroid® Levothyroxine Hormone
Replacement
Amoxil® Amoxicillin Antibiotic
(Penicillin)
Zithromax® Azithromycin Macrolide
Antibiotic
Microzide® Hydro-
chlorothiazide

(HCTZ)
Thiazide Diuretic
Norvasc® Amlodipine Calcium Channel
Blocker
Xanax® Alprazolam Benzodiazepine
(DEA Sch 4)
Glucophage® Metformin Antidiabetic
Lipitor® Atorvastatin Statin
Prilosec® Omeprazole Proton Pump
Inhibitor
Augmentin® Amoxicillin +
Clavulanate
Penicillin
Antibiotic
Tenormin® Atenolol Beta Blocker
(B1)
Lasix® Furosemide Diuretic
Lopressor® metoprolol Beta Receptor
Blocker (B1)
Zoloft® Sertraline S.S.R.I.
Ambien® Zolpidem Sleep Aid
(DEA Sch 4)
Percocet® Oxycodone
+ APAP
Pain Relief
(DEA Sch 2)
Nexium® Esomeprazole Proton Pump
Inhibitor
Plavix® Clopidogrel Platelet
Aggregation
Inhibitor
Singulair® Montelukast Leukotriene
Inhibitor
Sterapred® Prednisone Corticosteroid
Lexapro® Escitalopram S.S.R.I
Advil® Ibuprofen N.S.A.I.D
Celexa® Citalopram Anti-Depressant
(S.S.R.I.)
ProAir® Albuterol B2 Receptor
Agonist(Lungs)
Prozac® Fluoxetine S.S.R.I.
Neurontin® Gabapentin Anti-Convulsant
Coumadin® Warfarin Blood Thinner
Ultram® Tramadol Pain Relief
(Non-Narcotic)
Klonopin® Clonazepam Benzodiazepine
(DEA Sch 4)
Ativan® Lorazepam Benzodiazepine
(DEA Sch 4)
Keflex® Cephalexin Antibiotic
(Cephalosporin)
Flexeril® Cyclobenzaprine Muscle Relaxant
Septra® Sulfamethoxazole
+ Trimethoprim
Antibiotic
Combination
Cipro® Ciprofloxacin Quinolone
Antibiotic
Flonase® Fluticasone Inhaled Steroid
Dyrenium® Triamterene Diuretic
Pravachol® Pravastatin Cholesterol
/ Statin
Crestor® Rosuvastatin Statin
Advair® Fluticasone +
Salmeterol
Bronchodilator +
Steroid
Desyrel® Trazodone Anti-Depressant
Darvocet® Propoxyphene
+ APAP
Pain Relief
(DEA Sch 4)
Fosamax® alendronate Bone
Resorption
Inhibitor
Allegra® Fexofenadine Antihistamine
(H1)
Mevacor® Lovastatin Cholesterol /
Statin
Coreg® Carvedilol Beta Receptor
Blocker
Paxil® Paroxetine S.S.R.I.
Mobic® Meloxicam N.S.A.I.D.

#51 - 100
BRAND GENERIC FUNCTION
Valium® Diazepam Benzodiazepine
(DEA Sch 4)
Diovan® Valsartan Angiotensin II
Receptor Blocker
(A2RB)
Cymbalta® Duloxetine Anti-Depressant
Effexor® Venlafaxine Anti-Depressant
Zantac® Ranitidine Histamine
Blocker (H2)
Diflucan® Fluconazole Anti-Fungal
Aleve® Naproxen N.S.A.I.D
Vibramycin® Doxycycline Antibiotic
(Tetracycline)
Klor-Con® Potassium
Chloride
Electrolyte
Elavil® Amitriptyline Anti-Depressant
Prevacid® Lansoprazole Proton Pump
Inhibitor
Actos® Pioglitazone Anti-Diabetic
Medrol® Methyl-
prednisolone
Steroid
Anti-
Inflammatory
Zyloprim® Allopurinol Xanthine
Oxidase Inhibitor
Tylenol 3® Codeine + APAP Pain Relief
(DEA Sch 3)
Vasotec® Enalapril ACE Inhibitor
Soma® Carisoprodol Muscle Relaxant
(DEA Sch 4)
Flomax® Tamsulosin Prostate
Receptor Agonist
Vytorin® Ezetimibe +
Simvastatin
Cholesterol
Seroquel® Quetiapine Anti-psychotic
Levaquin® Levofloxacin Antibiotic
(Quinolone)
Tricor® Fenofibrate Cholesterol
Catapres® Clonidine Alpha Receptor
Agonist
Phenergan® Promethazine Anti-Nausea
/ Anti-emetic
Yaz® Ethinyl
estradiol
+ Drospirenone
Birth Control
Viagra® Sildenafil Erectile
Dysfunction
Celebrex® Celecoxib N.S.A.I.D.
COX-2 inhibitor
Proventil® Albuterol Beta Agonist
(B2)(Lungs)
Oxycontin® Oxycodone Pain Relief
(DEA Sch 2)
Lantus® Insulin
Glargine
Insulin
Nasonex® Mometasone Corticosteroid
Lyrica® Pregabalin Anti-convulsant
/ Neurologic
(DEA Sch 5)
Amaryl® Glimepiride Antidiabetic
Restoril® Temazepam Sleep Aid
(DEA Sch 4)
Folvite® Folic Acid Mineral Supp.
Premarin® Conjugated
Estrogen
Estrogen
Replacement
Zetia® Ezetimibe Colesterol
Aldactone® Spironolactone Diuretic
Lanoxin® Digoxin Inotrope
Imdur® Isosorbide
Mononitrate
Nitrate
Vasodilator
Omnicef® Cefdinir Anti-biotic
(Cephalosporin)
Altace® Ramipril ACE Inhibitor
Nasacort® Triamcinolone Inhaled Steroid
Ventolin® Albuterol Bronchodilator
Cozaar® Losartan A2RB
Concerta® Methylphenidate ADHD
(DEA Sch 2)
DiaBeta® Glyburide Anti-Diabetic
Valtrex® Valacyclovir Anti-Viral
Tamiflu® Oseltamivir Anti-Viral (Flu)
Pen-VK® Penicillin vk Antibiotic




Using Generic Drug Name Suffixes

Besides drug names, what the drug is used for is equally important and can help you to memorize the top 200 drugs. Several generic drug names have a suffix that gives you a clue about what classification the drug is in. One example is
Metoprolol, which is commonly prescribed for hypertension. Notice the suffix "OLOL" in the end of the name? that tells us it's a Beta Blocker.

Some brand names also hold clues, but they are more identity specific and not as helpful.

Here is the link for the
Generic Drug Suffix Chart.



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