Neuro/Psych drugs! Here are some mnemonics to help get a handle on a few of the 217 drugs you need to know—particularly for your USMLE.
So, you can’t remember which drugs can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease? How fitting! Be honest with yourself and your peers, and tell them:
“I Don’Tactually remember.”
Don = Donepezil, an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor.
Tac = Tacrine, a sadly discontinued acetylcholinesterase inhibitor.
Now, let’s say a patient of yours is suffering some spasms. You probably want him to be able to relax.
He would be way better off if he were at home, Back Loafin’ around.
Yes, of course! Baclofen, used to treat spasms, and, like many “relaxing” drugs, does so via GABA agnoism.
Maybe you are feeling a bit manic from all this studying. When your mood is labile, you need a MOOD STABILIZER.
And what could be more mood-stabilizing than sitting down in the grass, and searching for a 4-leaf CLOVer.
We use the first 4 letters in CLOVer and end up with:
Lamotrigine & Lithium
OK! Last one...like any good [student] doctor, you are employing the technique of motivational interviewing to assess whether your patient is ready to quit smoking.
He is willing to admit that smoking is Very Bad and he will try a medication to quit.
You can recommend:
Varenicline or Bupropion
And anytime we talk about bupropion, we can’t help but think of “that other psych medication that begins with B…
BUSPIRONE! Recall its indication...used in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
What do most people go to when they need to quell some anxiety? They need Booze(pirone).
Both booze and boozpirone will take the edge off. We can even get fancy and use its trade name, Buspar. No better place to get that booze than down at the BoozeBar….
Go get smart!