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Pharmacy Vocabulary Part II
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Drug Routes and Preparations

Drug Routes and Preparations

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Identify various methods of drug consumption and preparation in Spanish.

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In this lesson, you will learn how to say the different drug routes and preparations in Spanish so that you can communicate them to patients. Specifically, this lesson will cover:
  1. Preparación de los Medicamentos (Drug Routes and Preparations)

1. Preparación de los Medicamentos (Drug Routes and Preparations)

In the coming lessons, you'll learn the Spanish names of medications and different types of over-the-counter medicine. If you do not see one listed, it is because it is referred to by the brand name (the same as the English brand name). You can also use some of these when talking about prescriptions.

First, however, you need to learn the drug preparations/routes. These will be useful in telling patients how they need to take their medication.

English Spanish Pronunciation
oral oral oh-rahl
orally por boca pour bow-kah
rectally rectalmente rake-tall-main-tay
topical tópica toe-pee-call
vaginal vaginal bah-he-nall
vaginally vaginalmente bah-he-nall-main-tay
capsule una cápsula oo-nah cop-sue-la
cream una pomada / una crema oo-nah poe-ma-dah / oo-nah cray-ma
drops unas gotas oo-nahs go-tahs
elixir un elixir oon ay-leak-sair
injection una inyección oo-nah een-yake-see-own
inhaler un inhalador oon een-ah-la-door
liquid una líquida oo-nah lee-key-dah
lotion una loción oo-nah lo-see-own
lozenge una pastilla oo-nah pa-stee-yah
nose drops unas gotas para la nariz oo-nahs go-tahs pa-rah la nah-reece
pill una píldora oo-nah peel-doe-rah
powder un polvo oon pole-bow
spray un atomizador oon ah-toe-me-sah-door
suppository un supositorio oon sue-poe-see-toe-ree-oh
suspension una suspensión oo-nah sue-spain-see-own
syrup un jarabe oon ha-rah-bay
tablet una tableta oo-nah tah-blay-tah

In this lesson, you learned various drug routes and preparations in Spanish. This vocabulary provides an important foundation, as the later lessons in this course will teach you how to give accurate directions for medication use, including warnings of side effects and drug interactions.

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Source: This content has been adapted from "Pharmacy Spanish" by Stephanie Langston.