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Suffix, Roots and Prefixes


Memorizing common drug suffix from the top 200 drugs is a key asset to memorizing them. It's a real big help to associate the names and remind you of what class they are in and what they are prescribed for. Fortunately, a good percentage of drug names have common suffixes, prefixes or roots in their generic name. While researching keywords for this page, I learned that many people search the phrase: "Top 200 drugs endings", which is exactly what this page covers.

And, repetition is of course the best way to learn and remember all of the Top Drug names. And, if you add these drug name endings to your flash-cards you should see an improvement in your memorization.


Top 200 Drug Suffix list

PREFIX / SUFFIX .....................     USE / CLASS

_____-Pril  ................... ACE Inhibitor

_____-olol  ..................  Beta Blocker

___-sartan  .................. A2RB

___-statin   .................. Cholesterol

Pred-___   ................... Steroid

___-asone ................... Steroid

___-olone .................... Steroid

__-thiazide ................... Diuretic

___-gliptin .................... Anti-Diabetic

___-zepam .................. Benzo

___-zolam ................... Benzo

__-zodone ................... Anti-Depressant

__-nazole ..................... Anti-Fungal

Ceph- ___ .................... Anti-Biotic

____-cillin ..................... Anti-Biotic

__-cycline ..................... Anti-Biotic

___-mycin .................... Anti-Biotic

__-floxacin .................... Anti-Biotic

_____-vir ...................... Anti-Viral

_-eprazole .................... P. Pump Inhibitor

_-oprazole .................... P. Pump Inhibitor

__-tidine ....................... H2 Antagonist

__-dipine ...................... Calcium Ch. Block



Why are drug name endings good to know? Well, there's a couple of main reasons. The first is that they can help you to memorize the Top 200 drugs generic names. And equally important, they can lend a big clue about what the drug is used for. For example, on the pharmacy tech test, you might get a question where they tell you a drug's brand name and then ask what it most likely is prescribed for. If you can relate it to the generic name and it contains one of these suffixes, that will tell you which of the four multiple choice answers to choose. Also, once you're working in a pharmacy, you'll also need to know these Top 200 drugs endings.

This list is not a complete list of all of the common generic name suffixes, but just the ones you'll want to know for taking the PTCB or ExCPT exam. They are basically derived from the top drug lists found on this website.


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