Hardcore study weekend ahead! ⚠️⚠️ Although weekends are used for fun and relaxation for some, the time in a weekend before an exam is so important to utilize for studying and preparation! Live on the blog now- “5 Tips for a Weekend of Studying” (Link in the bio)!! Check it out and let me know in the comments below what you’re studying for this weekend! 👩🏽⚕️💊😆
My kinda motivational quote 👩🏽⚕️💁🏽♀️ Happy almost weekend! This weekend I’m going to have to buckle down and study for an anatomy exam... 😅 With the new semester, what’s your favorite class you’re taking? Mine would have to be pharmacology of course 💊🤓❤️
In celebration of #thyroidawarenessmonth , we're throwing you some knowledge about thyroid diseases all week! •
Today's Question of the Day asks the following:
What class of diabetic medications carry a BLACK BOX WARNING for a possible increased risk of thyroid tumors? •
The Black Box Warning states that this particular class of medications causes thyroid C-cell tumors at clinically relevant exposures in rodents. It is unknown whether it causes thyroid-C cell tumors, including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), in humans, as human relevance could not be determined by clinical or nonclinical studies. Due to this warning, this class of medication is contraindicated in patients with a personal or family history of MTC or in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
🔴The CURB-65 Score is a pneumonia severity score that estimates mortality as well as helps determine appropriate treatment location of patients (Outpatient vs. General Medical Floor vs. ICU). Please consider all patient factors for best treatment location and specific hospital policies. #InfectiousDiseases#CURB65#Pneumonia#CAP#InternalMedicine#Medicine
Rx bars... what’s not to love?! The pharmacist in me loves the name 😍😏 (Rx is an abbreviation for prescription) and plus they’re delicious, health snack! My favorite is the maple sea salt (as pictured) 🍁 highly recommend you try one if you have not yet, they’re a great snack to keep in your bag for those long days at the library 🤓
In celebration of #thyroidawarenessmonth , test your knowledge of brand/generic names for medications related to thyroid disease. Keep swiping right for the answers!➡️➡️➡️
There’s also more brand names than the one listed for levothyroxine! Can you name other brand names for levothyroxine? #WhatsMyNameWednesday
🔹Second generation antipsychotics (Atypical antipsychotics)[See chart] - generally have lower risk of extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) and tardive dyskinesia (TD) compared to first generation antipsychotics (Typical antipsychotics) #Antipsychotics#AcuteAgitation#BipolarMania
Days off mean something different to students. Use your extra time to get caught up or get ahead, your future self will thank you 💕 I’ll be hiding in my room studying for my Integrated Sequence (IS) exam on Friday! What’re you doing with your day off?
🔴Valentines Day is rapidly approaching! Give that special someone the gift of antimicrobial knowledge and a calculator (Natural Log and Exponent function strongly encouraged) to perform creatinine clearance and pharmacokinetic calculations! #CandyHearts#Valentines2018#BeMyValentine
I think it’s time I post a pic of myself. 😄 This is me on my interview day! (Not pictured: the nervous wreck I was on the inside). I’m just gonna come out and be honest with my followers from the start: I struggle with anxiety. I overthink everything, get very little sleep, think too far ahead into the future, my back is so tense and filled with knots, and I just overall doubt myself. These things only get worse on test or interview days. My blog and account I feel is going to help me with these struggles, and I hope that with this new year I can be relieved from some of them. I also hope that I can help and inspire others. Thank you for believing in me. Be on the lookout for a post soon about my pursuit of serotonin- aka happiness... -Rachel 😆💊👩🏽⚕️❤️
Always go the extra step to reach your goals and don’t settle for less in life. So many people don’t want us to succeed because of their own jealously, but don’t let this affect you!
Without challenge, it is very easy to fall into a stagnant routine. Try to keep a positive mindset and challenge yourself. I promise that change in your life will follow and it will be for the better ♥️
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Yes, a low minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) is a good thing. When looking at susceptibility reports to decide the best antibiotic for your patient to treat their infection, you simply do not just choose the antibiotic with the lowest number (lowest MIC).
You can really only “compare” MICs from drugs in the same class, but you still have to consider many other factors including, but not limited to:
2)Does antibiotic reach site of infection
3)Does antibiotic cover all organisms I need it to
4)Drug interactions and potential for adverse drug reactions
5)Dosing/Administration (inpatient vs. outpatient vs. SNF, maybe a continuous infusion would be more appropriate than a q 8 hr administered drug)
6)Therapeutic drug monitoring required?
(In a nutshell, consider the overall safety, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of your treatment plan) #InfectiousDiseases#MIC#Antibiotics#Antimicrobials
It’s almost impossible to turn on the news these days and not hear about the influenza virus. This map on the CDC website depicts flu-illness activity per state. As you can see, it’s pretty bad mostly everywhere. This years predominant strain, H3N2 is particularly severe among people who are 65 and older. That doesn’t mean that only older folks are affected. As of this week there have been 20 total fatal pediatric cases. Those at risk for the most complications are old people, children and those with weak immune systems, but regular healthy folks like myself are not immune to the fatalities that flu can cause.
Influenza is associated with complications like development of bacterial pneumonia. This can be severe, especially to those at risk, requiring hospitalization or causing death. Flu can also worsen other chronic medical conditions like asthma or heart failure, and can cause wide spread inflammation of other organs. .
So what can you do to prevent getting flu? The best thing is to get your flu shot, it’s not too late (some pharmacies have run out, but you can try a trip to the doctor or a minute clinic)! Even if you still get the flu after getting a flu shot, your symptom duration and severity could decrease significantly. It’s also important to know that you CANNOT get the flu from the flu shot. It contains pieces of the dead virus so its physically impossible. Antibodies to flu take about 2-4 weeks to form after receiving the flu shot, so it’s likely that if you receive the flu after getting the shot, you already had the virus brewing inside you. The symptoms can start anywhere from 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body.
Otherwise wash your hands, and stay away from sick people if you can! People with flu are contagious 1 day before symptoms and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. If you find yourself with flu, you should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without use of fever reducing meds. People are always curious about meds to treat flu, like Tamiflu, but they are only helpful if used within 48 hours of symptoms. For these people, Tamiflu can reduce symptom duration by about 16 hours. Be safe out there everyone!
There are people that don’t work hard and smart, but they are always boastful of the work they put in. They usually don’t succeed to the extent they boasted about. Be part of the few people that have a lot of knowledge, work day and night that remain silent and don’t boast about their hard work. When these people succeed, their success makes louder noise among those who are making noise about the work they do. #Motivation
Alendronate (Fosamax) can be used to treat or prevent osteoporosis. It can also treat Paget's disease of the bone. Today's #SideEffectSaturdays feature side effects of alendronate use. Most common side effects include abdominal pain, acid regurgitation, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, musculoskeletal pain, and nausea. Swipe right for more! ➡️➡️➡️
W H I T E C O A T C E R E M O N Y 👩🏼⚕️ . .
This was one of the best days of my life, as I finished my first semester of pharmacy school, and received my white coat! It was very surreal when the white coat was put on me that my dream is becoming a reality! Now just 7 more semesters of hard work ahead until I get my #pharmD .
So thankful for all my family who came to support me (including this little munchkin)! I wouldn’t be where I am without you all 💕! To all my friends who wished me congrats! 🎊 and to my classmates and new life long friends who are doing it right along with me! .
Here’s a picture from lab earlier this week. In lab, we compounded the same prescription for an emulsion using two different methods. The first one was a dry gum method using acacia. And the second method was a simple emulsification using Tween 80 and Span 20. ~the boomerang that I posted this past week featured the second preparations product~ 🤓I’m a visual, hands on learner when it comes to pharmaceutics and pharmacy calculations, therefore, I find lab to be very beneficial. For example, we learned about aliquots in class a quarter before performing them in lab and it took until lab a few months later for me to have my ‘ah-ha’ moment and fully grasp what an aliquot is and it’s purpose! ▪️ Moral of this post: find what learning strategies work for you, these strategies may vary subject to subject, and never be afraid to try a new study/learning method! Oh and compounding is a blast! 💊😊💕
I can’t wait to put this to use! I can’t wait to learn and find my path in pharmacy. I can’t wait to meet new people, to share my experiences with other pharmacy students. I can’t wait to help heal people, to promote wellness. I am just so overjoyed and ecstatic to be a part of such a great community of people. I can’t wait to share with all of you my experiences and journey of becoming a Doctor of Pharmacy! #canyoutellicantwait
This is going to be one v productive Saturday! I’m going to have my head in the books, reviewing our body’s immune response and the pharmacology behind inflammation.
Drugs to know backwards and forwards:
-Eicosanoids (prostaglandins, thromboxanes and leukotrienes)
-Glucocorticoids and NSAIDs (salicylates and COX inhibitors)
-Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
...and that’s just this week
It took less than a week to snap me back into reality. Back to the grind!
Now, heading to the gym for some HIIT cardio and light weight training. Happy Saturday!
Ps, thank you baby for my gorgeous @coach watch, perfect for wearing on my rotations😘 @baggolf