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Default Pharm not worth studying?

I'm currently studying neuro pharm in first aid and it is impossible to learn.

For example, phenytoin side effects: nystagmus, diplopia, ataxia, sedation, gingivial hyperplasia, megaloblastic anemia because of decreased folate absorption, teratogenesis (fetal haydantoin syndrome), SLE - like syndrome, induction of cytochrmoe p450. peripheral neuropathy, etc

This is just ridiculous... I am taking practice kaplans and am beating the averages by 15%, while going 2/10 in pharm most of the time. My question is, should I just not study pharm, or is there a good review book out there that will help?

Tldr: Pharm seems really low yield, is there a good review book out there? or should I just blow it off?
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No subject can be considered low yield in step 1.

if you blow off any subject completely in step 1, your score will drastically get blown as well.

keep on doing it and repeating it, there's always a way
after all this studying, a little more studying isnt gonna hurt that much
you can do it!

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regarding anti-epiliptics SE's, each one has its own specific side-effects.
However, they all have common side-effects that are shared by all of them which are ataxia and nystagmus and sedation and dizziness and diplopia.

Regarding phenytoin, there's a pneumonic which is:
Using phenytoin:
you grow gums (gingival hyperplasia)
you grow hair (hirsutism)
you grow messed up RBC's (megaloblastic anemia)
you grow messed up babies (teratogenic- fetal hydantoin syndrome)
you grow lymphs (lymphadenopathy)

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Welcome to step 1 - a collaborative collection of weird and random crap outta the blue.

This is where we have a show of midgets due to increased paternal age, amazing bearded woman who took spironolactone to save some K, conjoined twins whose zygote happened to divide later than 13th day of fetal life, sword swallowers, whose lower esophageal sphincter is too loose as a reason of diaphragmal hernia, incredible race of a kissing bugs that you do not want to kiss and fantastic unbeliveable mermaid-child whose mom had uncontroled diabetes during pregnancy...

I am so sick of it.

My advice - study all of this crap and know how to combine it.
Whatever works best for you...
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I'm currently studying neuro pharm in first aid and it is impossible to learn.

For example, phenytoin side effects: nystagmus, diplopia, ataxia, sedation, gingivial hyperplasia, megaloblastic anemia because of decreased folate absorption, teratogenesis (fetal haydantoin syndrome), SLE - like syndrome, induction of cytochrmoe p450. peripheral neuropathy, etc

This is just ridiculous... I am taking practice kaplans and am beating the averages by 15%, while going 2/10 in pharm most of the time. My question is, should I just not study pharm, or is there a good review book out there that will help?

Tldr: Pharm seems really low yield, is there a good review book out there? or should I just blow it off?

Don't worry about pharma...when u will give repetitions to FA, u r going to absorb each and every word of it.....

and also FA covers pharma well bcoz thr's no pharma question in NBME's outside of FA......when u do pharma from FA and UW, u r able to answer all pharma questions.......

just give lot of repetitions to FA and UW.....best of luck......!!!!
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study Kaplan for pharm.

learn it, dont memorize it.
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