Top Drugs 1 - Medications you NEED to Know - Pharmacy
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Top Drugs 1 - Medications you NEED to Know - Pharmacy

Part 1: Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol, and OTC: Cough, Cold, Allergy - Condition Overview and Common Medications
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Last updated 3/2019
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know Top Drugs! From basic name and class to simple uses and dangers
  • Discover effective ways to learn and remember top drugs!
  • Learn which drugs are actually used in practice, the drugs you NEED to know!
  • Get an advantage over classmates and other applicants with a solid foundation of medicinal knowledge!
  • Understand when they're used, why they're used, and how they're used
  • Learn medication classes, brand, generic, and conditions they treat
  • Understand basic conditions, including signs and symptoms, goals, who needs treatment, and when and how to treat
  • Strengthen foundation of knowledge for exams such as NCLEX and Pharmacy Technician Boards
  • Learn some basic pharmacology introduction!
Requirements
  • Motivation to learn the top drugs! No prior medical knowledge or experience necessary!
Description

Learning medications is one of the most intimidating, overwhelming, and difficult aspects of entering a healthcare field.

Where do you start? There are THOUSANDS of medications.


Top Drugs is designed to break down what you NEED to know into easily understandable / easy to learn chunks.


This course follows which conditions are most prevalent, and which drugs are most popular.  This way, the student learns which drugs are actually used in practice.  Which drugs are fast movers in every pharmacy.  The gold standard drugs for each condition.   


This course will provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge to enter a healthcare field, preparing them to excel


Benefit  in having the advantage over other applicants.  Imagine already knowing a bulk of basic medications while applying to Pharmacy, Medical, Nursing, PA, or Dental school.  How impressive would you be to the administrators?


Avoid the overwhelming  feeling of starting your first rotation at a hospital, with only a few weeks of school under your belt.  Avoid being completely clueless about what is going on!  Go in with a foundation of knowledge, putting yourself above the competition.


I have been through professional school.  The first couple of years were rough.  Had I known what I know now, I would have prepared.  I would have gone in with a foundation of drug knowledge.


That is what this course provides.  Whatever healthcare field you are entering, or considering entering - go in with a strong foundation!  Blow away your competition, outshine the other applicants.  This is possible with some determination, and made simple with these courses.


Entire semesters of schooling can be dedicated to certain conditions.  This course provides concise, relevant MUST KNOW education about each condition.


Different career paths require different pieces of medicinal knowledge.  For example, a pharmacy technician does not need know the mechanism of action for every drug class.  A nurse may only need to know the most popular drug for a certain condition (the one used in hospitals) or NCLEX topics - whereas a pharmacist would need to know it all. 

This course can be used by students in ALL of the different healthcare career fields.

Medications are sorted into a hierarchy.  Each medication will have a popularity designation.  I will tell you when medications are hospital only, over the counter, retail pharmacy only, etc.  I will tell you when a medication is an absolute MUST KNOW.  I will tell you when a drug is not very popular and only certain professionals will need to remember it. 

The point of this course is to provide drug information that can be used for any future healthcare professional, at any step of their education journey.  You can decide how to utilize the information, you can decide what you need to take note of.  I will present every angle of the information.


The Drugs and Conditions NEED to Know Medication courses are broken into conditions.  Under each condition, there will be:

  1. Condition Overview:  Learn about the condition.  What are the signs and symptoms?   What causes the condition?  What are the treatments?  What are the treatment goals?  Who needs treatment?

  2. Medication Overview:  The bulk of the course will focus on medications. What medications are used to treat this condition?  What are the first line medications?  When would you use other medications?  When and how are these medications used?  Medications will be broken into drug classes and popularity. Each medication will have a hierarchy designation.  How important is it to know this medication?  They will be sorted in importance. 

  3. MUST KNOW Medication Conclusion:  Going over the important medications at the end of each condition presentation.  You have learned about the condition and the medications used for it, now what do you absolutely need to remember?

  4. Condition Outline:  A printable, downloadable, one page Word document summarizing every drug discussed in each presentation.  Sorted in the usual hierarchy.  Brand and generic names will be listed.  You can print these documents prior to the presentations, and use to take notes that are relevant to you and your career.


Part 1:

  • Blood Pressure/Hypertension

  • Diabetes

  • Cholesterol/Hyperlipidemia

  • OTC - Cough, Cold, Allergy

Part 2:

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • GERD - Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease

  • Pain

  • Thyroid Disorders

Part 3:

  • Antibiotics

  • Acute Sickness

  • ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Immunizations/Vaccines

Part 4:

  • Asthma/COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Gout

  • BPH/ED - Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia/Erectile Dysfunction

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Bone Health


I am a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) and a topic expert in medications.  I'm a currently practicing pharmacist, with experience in retail and hospital settings - As well as academia/consultation areas of healthcare.  With the purchase of my course you are obtaining advice/Q&A/expertise on medication related healthcare topics, as long as you are enrolled.  I will be open and responsive to questions or discussion in the course pages. 


Click the Expand Arrows under each section of "Course Content" to see exactly what is included in each presentation. 



Who this course is for:
  • Pre or Early Pharmacy Students
  • Pharmacy Techs or Technicians in Training
  • Pre or Early Medical Students
  • Pre or Early Nursing Students
  • Pre or Early Dental Students
  • Pre or Early Physician Assistant Students
  • Students aspiring to enter the healthcare field
  • Students curious if healthcare is right for them
  • Anyone with desire for a foundation of medication knowledge
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 02:55:50
+ Blood Pressure/Hypertension
4 lectures 37:15

Hypertension Condition Overview 

  • What causes high blood pressure?

  • What is a normal blood pressure reading? 

  • When is it too high and too low? 

  • What complications can hypertension cause? 

  • What happens if left untreated? 

  • What are treatment goals? 

  • How do you prevent high blood pressure?

Hypertension Medication Overview - The Big Four - the four classes of medications used as first line treatment for high blood pressure.  These are the most common hypertension medications-  ACE-I's, ARBs, Thiazides, CCBs.  Will also briefly discuss the guidelines that make these recommendations.  Why are these four classes used before all the other blood pressure medications?

Part 1: Condition Overview and The Big Four
21:45

Hypertension Medication Overview -Blood pressure medications outside the big four - the "second line" drugs.  This will include beta-blockers, alpha-blockers, other diuretics, and a few miscellaneous ones. Will also briefly discuss the guidelines that make these recommendations.  Why are there so many blood pressure medications?  Which can be used together?  Which can't?  When would you ever need to go outside the Big Four?

Part 2: Other Blood Pressure Drugs
13:15

MUST KNOW Medication Conclusion-  Going over the important medications at the end of each condition presentation.  You have learned about the condition and the medications used for it, now what do you absolutely need to remember?

Preview 02:15

Downloadable "Outline" of medications for the topic/condition.  The outline will include brand and generic names of medications, as well as some general condition overview information.   Medication hierarchy is the same (without stars).  Print out and take notes along with lecture - use notes to gear towards your specific career field (what you NEED to know!)

Blood Pressure Outline
00:00
+ Diabetes
5 lectures 01:03:10

Diabetes Condition Overview 

  • What is the difference in type 1 and 2 diabetes? 

  • How does one check glucose levels?

  • What is an A1c? 

  • What is a normal glucose reading? 

  • When is it too high and too low? 

  • What complications can diabetes cause? 

  • What happens if left untreated? 

  • What are treatment goals? 

  • Who can treat diabetes with diet and exercise?  Who will have to take pills?   Who will have to take insulin? 

  • How do you prevent diabetes?

Take a detailed dive into one of the most complex and far reaching diseases in history.

Part 1: Diabetes Condition Overview
18:44

Diabetes Medication Overview - Oral diabetes medications - all of the common classes of medications used for controlling diabetes.  Includes Metformin, SUs, TZDs, DPP-4s, and SGLTs.  A new diabetes medication is hitting the market seemingly every day.  What are similarities?  What are the differences?  What can be used together?  What can be used with insulin?  Easily navigate one of the deepest drug categories in medicine.

Part 2: Oral Medications
13:04

Diabetes Medication Overview - Injectable diabetes medications - the one class of non-insulin injectables (GLP-1s) and all the common and available insulin!  Simplify the deep and complex topic of insulin.  Which are over the counter?  Which are long acting? Short acting?  Rapid?  Which are used in insulin pumps?   Become an insulin expert!

Part 3: Injectable Medications
30:10

MUST KNOW Medication Conclusion-  Going over the important medications at the end of each condition presentation.  You have learned about the condition and the medications used for it, now what do you absolutely need to remember?

Diabetes MUST KNOW Drugs Conclusion
01:12

Downloadable "Outline" of medications for the topic/condition.  The outline will include brand and generic names of medications, as well as some general condition overview information.   Medication hierarchy is the same (without stars).  Print out and take notes along with lecture - use notes to gear towards your specific career field (what you NEED to know!)

Diabetes Outline
00:00
+ Cholesterol/Hyperlipidemia
3 lectures 24:40

Cholesterol Condition Overview 

  • What are the different components of a lipid panel? 

  • What are target ranges? 

  • Which levels are good and which levels are bad? 

  • What happens if high cholesterol is untreated? 

  • What are treatment goals?

  • How do you prevent high cholesterol?


Cholesterol Lowering Medications - focusing on Statins and the common non-Statin alternative medications.  When would you use a medication other than a statin? Including a brief look into the guidelines and ASCVD calculation!

Cholesterol Overview and Medications
23:34

MUST KNOW Medication Conclusion-  Going over the important medications at the end of each condition presentation.  You have learned about the condition and the medications used for it, now what do you absolutely need to remember?

Cholesterol MUST KNOW Drugs Conclusion
01:06

Downloadable "Outline" of medications for the topic/condition.  The outline will include brand and generic names of medications, as well as some general condition overview information.   Medication hierarchy is the same (without stars).  Print out and take notes along with lecture - use notes to gear towards your specific career field (what you NEED to know!)

Cholesterol Outline
00:00
+ OTC: Cough, Cold, Allergy
3 lectures 35:33

OTC Medication Overview - Common OTC cough, cold, and allergy medications - Including every common ingredient and medication you would find in the cough and cold OTC aisle of any drug store, and their uses!  Learn the different OTC combinations and when and why each are used.  Did you know most OTC medications consist of the same couple of ingredients? 

OTC: Cough, Cold, Allergy
34:21

MUST KNOW Medication Conclusion-  Going over the important medications at the end of each condition presentation.  You have learned about the condition and the medications used for it, now what do you absolutely need to remember?

OTC: Cough, Cold, Allergy MUST KNOW Drugs Conclusion
01:12

Downloadable "Outline" of medications for the topic/condition.  The outline will include brand and generic names of medications, as well as some general condition overview information.   Medication hierarchy is the same (without stars).  Print out and take notes along with lecture - use notes to gear towards your specific career field (what you NEED to know!)

OTC Outline
00:00
+ Conclusion / Bonus Wrap Up
1 lecture 00:41
Conclusion / Bonus Lecture Wrap Up
00:41