Why learn generic drug suffixes? Memorizing the top 200 drug names is one of the most challenging parts of studying for the PTCB of ExCPT exams. One thing to consider and embrace is that there is some lingo in pharmacy. In generic names, there are several suffixes that will help you to remember what the medication does. In this case, the suffixes are a group of letters added to the end of a words root which help better describe it's function. The chart below lists some of the suffixes you will see when studying the top 200 drugs.
Generic Drug Suffix Chart
CHOLESTEROL (HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitor)
PROTON PUMP INHIBITOR
A2RB (Angiotensin 2 receptor blocker)
ACE INHIBITOR (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme)
Unfortunately, only a fraction of the top 200 drugs end in a common Generic Drug suffix. However, learning them may help you immensely to memorize the top 200 drugs.
There are plenty more common suffixes an prefixes in generic drug names. The above list is geared to apply to the Top 200 Drug name suffixes only.