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This quiz is 30 questions and should take about 30 minutes to complete.


A doctor orders loperamide 2mg tid. Loperamide is available in a oral liquid supplied as 0.2 mg/mL. How many mL are needed for each dose?

a. 1mL

b. 5mL

c. 10mL

d. none of the above.

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How much hydrocortisone and menthol would you use in a compound for 240mL of an emollient lotion containing 2% hydrocortisone and 1/4% menthol ?

a. HC / 480mg + menthol / 600mg

b. HC / 4.8g + menthol / 600mg

c. HC / 480mg + menthol / 0.6g

d. HC / 48mg + menthol / 60mg


________ occurs when uric acid builds up in the joints. It is commonly treated with _________.

A. Diarrhea - Loperamide

B. Scurvy - Vitamin C

C. Vertigo - Meclizine

D. Gout - Colchicine


Convert 169 to roman numerals.




d. none of the above

Roman numerals

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Insulin is usually administered by_________injections.

a. Subcutaneous

b. Intramuscular

c. Intradermal

d. None of the above.


The following dosage forms can be administered enterally except:

a. Suppositories and enemas

b. Tablets and capsules

c. Elixirs and syrups

d. They can all be given enterally

Dosage Forms


A drug is ordered 2.5mL tid and hs for 2 weeks. How many mL will need to be dispensed?

a. 100mL

b. 105mL

c. 140mL

d. 150mL


The infusion rate of an IV is over 12 hours. The total volume is 800mL. What would the infusion rate be in mL/minute?

a. 6.6

b. 11.1

c. 0.6

d. 1.1


Meglitinides are anti diabetic medications used in the management of _________.

a. type 1 diabetes

b. type 2 diabetes

c. gestational diabetes

d. all diabetes


In the U.S. what DEA / CSA Schedule is Pseudoephedrine listed in?

A. Sch. III

B. Sch. IV

C. Sch. V

D. None


A patient has a temperature of 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit. What would it be in Celsius?

a. 38.8

b. 38.5

c. 38.3

d. 38.6

Temperature conversions


The doctor writes XXVIII on the script for the quantity of tablets. How many tablets will you dispense?

a. 28

b. 23

c. 208

d. 253

Roman numerals


Calculate the number of 150mg capsules of Clindamycin are required to prepare 60mL of a 2% topical solution.

a. 8 capsules

b. 3 capsules

c. 6 capsules

d. 10 capsules


Intraocular refers to the treatment of the ________.

a. Ear

b. Eye

c. Lung

d. Nose

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Indapamide is an example of a ________.

a. Loop diuretic

b. Thiazide diuretic

c. Potassium sparing diuretic

d. Aldosterone antagonist


Sulfonylureas are effective in the treatment of diabetes. An example would be:

a. Metformin

b. Pioglitazone

c. Repaglinide

d. Glyburide


If a patient receives 500mL of IV solution over a 4 hour period, calculate the number of drops per minute the solution should be given. The set delivers 20 gtts/mL.

a. 12 drops/minute

b. 14 drops/minute

c. 42 drops/minute

d. 41 drops/minute


Enalapril and Ramipril are examples of:

a. beta blockers

b. ace inhibitors

c. alpha blockers

d. calcium channel blockers

Top 200 drugs


What is the measure of a drug's effectiveness called?

a. availability

b. bioequivalence

c. efficacy

d. potency


In the U.S., Medicare _________ is a stand-alone drug plan, offered by insurers and other private companies to people who get benefits through Original Medicare. Everyone with Medicare is eligible for this coverage, regardless of income, health status, or current prescription expenses.

A. Part A

B. Part B

C. Part C

D. Part D


How many milligrams of a drug would be in one pint if each dram has 1/8th of a grain?

A. 1750

B. 2074

C. 32

D. None of the Above

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Which of the following drugs is not an HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor (Statin) ?

A. Crestor

B. Lipitor

C. Avapro

D. Zocor

Top 200 drugs


A drug interaction that can increase the risk for pregnancy may occur when________are taken with oral contraceptives.

a. antibiotics


c. birth control pills

d. antihistamines


A patient is to receive 3 L of IV solution over a 24 hour period. If the set delivers 15 drops per mL, how many drops per minute should be administered?

a. 7 drops/minute

b. 21 drops/minute

c. 19 drops/minute

d. 31 drops/minute


Ampicillin is available in 2g vials and when reconstituted with 9.6mL the total volume is 10mL. How many mL are required for a 400mg dose?

a. 4mL

b. 2mL

c. 2.5mL

d. none of the above.

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You have mixed together enough sterile water and Sodium Chloride Solution to make 1500ml of a 0.09% solution. What tonicity is this solution?

A. Hypertonic

B. Isotonic

C. Hypotonic

D. Normal Saline


Oral forms of anti-diabetic medications include all of the following except:

a. insulin

b. metformin

c. glyburide

d. all of the above


The following drugs are all proton pump inhibitors except:

a. anastrozole

b. lansoprazole

c. pantoprazole

d. omeprazole

Top 200 drugs


Which injectable route is the most rapid acting?

a. intramuscular

b. intravenous

c. intradermal

d. subcutaneous

Dosage forms

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Determine the number of 0.3mg tablets required to prepare 1.5L of solution so that each mL contains 0.4mg.

a. 600 tablets

b. 300 tablets

c. 2000 tablets

d. 400 tablets

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