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Drugs to know for the NCLEX RN

How are you supposed to know all of the drugs for the NCLEX RN? There seems to be an endless list of drugs used for every condition. While you cannot memorize every single drug, its interaction and what it treats (well maybe you can) you can learn the drugs that most commonly show up on the NCLEX RN.

Top 30 drugs

By no means is this the definitive list or the only drugs that will show up on the NCLEX RN. This is just a list of drugs that frequently are on the exam. Make sure you are studying more than these 30.


Ace inhibitors

Beta blockers

Calcium channel blockers


Potassium Chloride








Amphotericin B





Cancer Drugs

Sulfa Drugs

Urinary Antispasmodics












Direct Acting Vasodilator


To check out what you really need to know about each of these meds click here for a flash card study guide.

What do I need to know

The NCLEX RN drug questions want to make sure you have an understanding of the medications you will be giving to patients and that you will be able to do so safely. Questions will reflect what condition the drug is treating but also the side effects and interactions that the medication may have. From your classes and clinicals you should have been learning about some of these drugs and the important take away from each. Examples of what you need to know are that vitamin K is the antidote to coumadin and dilantin can cause your gums to bleed. I might not remember all I learned from nursing school anymore but those two drug facts are stuck in my brain for life.

NCLEX RN guides and courses will also give you a more inclusive list of the drugs that you should be focusing on and what the important learning point for the drugs are. Keep studying and keep memorizing the medications you will be administering it will only help you as you continue on in your nursing career.

About Kiley

Kiley is a nurse who has worked in a variety of settings in the healthcare field. She is currently working as a remote chart reviewer while exploring the world. Kiley also has a background in education and wants to support and educate the next generation of nurses while they navigate the NCLEX. She is passionate about traveling and can often be found in a cafe somewhere in the world reading a book.

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