PTCB Medication Practice Test

This medication practice test covers some common medications and their generic names, which is an important part of the PTCB exam. Knowing both brand and generic names of medications is crucial for pharmacy technicians.

PTCB Medication Practice


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#1. Which of the following drugs may be crushed prior to administration?

#2. What is the generic name for Concerta?

#3. Toprol is the brand name for what medication?

#4. A prescription is written for Paxil 10 mg QD. What medication and dosing schedule are being ordered?

#5. A patient began taking Bactrim DS; shortly thereafter, a rash and itching occured. This is known a(n):

#6. Buccal tablets should be administered in which of the following ways:

#7. Omeprazole and Nexium prescribed for the same patient would be an example of:

#8. Where should a pharmacy store NuvaRing?

#9. Which of the following antibiotic products may cause a cross-sensitivity reaction in patients who are allergic to penicillin?

#10. Which of the following drugs is most likely to increase glucose levels in a patient with diabetes?

#11. Reconstituted oral Augmentin suspension prepared on April 2, 2025, would have a maximum beyond-use date of

#12. Which of the following auxiliary labels should always be placed on an oral suspension?

#13. A patient indicates an allergy to quinolones. Which of the following medications would be contraindicated for this patient?

#14. How should patients take their nitroglycerin sublingual tablet?

#15. What dosing instruction is consistent with enteral medication administration?

Enteral administration simply means that the gastrointestinal tract is used.

#16. What source should be used to determine therapeutic equivalence?

The Orange Book provides a list of approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations.

#17. Which dosage form is to be shaken well prior to administration?

#18. What is the generic name for Zoloft?

#19. What is the generic name for Vytorin?

#20. What is the generic name for Effexor XR?

#21. A patient is taking Percocet and Tylenol to manage pain after a surgery. What active ingredient is present in both medications?

Percocet is a brand name for the combination product of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Tylenol’s active ingredient is acetaminophen.

#22. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, finasteride is in pregnancy category X. This classification is an example of what type of warning?

Pregnancy category X indicates that the potential risks of using the drug in a pregnant woman clearly outweigh the potential benefits; therefore, finasteride is contraindicated for use in pregnant women.

#23. A suppository is intended to be given via what route of administration?

#24. APAP is the abbreviation for the drug ____.

#25. A patient who develops muscle weakness shortly after starting to take simvastatin is experiencing what type of medication-related problem?

Muscle weakness or cramping is a common side effect of “-statin” medications used to treat high cholesterol.

#26. What is a common side effect of diphenhydramine?

Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in Benadryl and several other over-the-counter cough and cold medications and pain relievers. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine associated with drowsiness and other “slowing” anticholinergic side effects, such as dry eyes, dry mouth, constipation, and urinary retention.

#27. Liver failure can result from an unintentional overdosage of what over-the-counter pain reliever?

#28. What is an example of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin.

#29. Which pain prescription reliever contains acetaminophen?

Roxicet is a combination product containing oxycodone and acetaminophen. Percodan contains oxycodone and aspirin, while Oxycontin and Roxicodone are oxycodone-only formulations. While not all acetaminophen-containing products end with the “-cet”, that suffix is a clue that a controlled substance contains acetaminophen. Additional examples include Ultracet (tramadol and acetaminophen), Fioricet (acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine), and Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen made by a different manufacturer than Roxicet).

#30. What is the maximum number of days a water-based compounded oral solution is considered to be stable (maximum stability date)?

To ensure the integrity of the compounded product, the maximum length of time that an oral solution with a water base is stable is 14 days.

#31. Which of the following is not a sign of incompatibility?

While some products are required to be uniform, some products such as suspensions are not uniform.

#32. If gentamicin is available in 80 mg/2 ml vials, how many vials are needed to compound an IV bag containing 480 mg of gentamicin?

#33. What is the generic name for Seroquel?

#34. If a 500 ml IV bag is infused over 3.5 hours, what is the infusion rate?

Remember that the units in the answer choices are per minute and not per hour. This change is made during the calculations.

#35. If octreotide is available in 1000 mcg/5ml vials, how many milliliters are needed to compound an IV bag containing 600 mcg?

#36. If you plan to run a dose of medication over 12 hours, how many total milliliters are needed for the infusion to run 1 ml/minute?

#37. On what drug packaging is an expiration date required?

#38. What is a generic drug?

#39. What is a therapeutic substitution?

#40. How should a prescription be filled when the prescriber indicates "dispense as written" on the prescription?

#41. At what temperature should refrigerated items be kept?

Room temperature is considered to be 68 to 77 degrees F. Freezer temperatures should be kept from -13 to 14 degrees F.

#42. If a drug has no specific storage requirements listed, at what temperature should it be kept?

#43. Who monitors a drug's safety once it is approved?

The FDA is the main organization that is responsible for monitoring continuing drug safety. The FDA has a program called MedWatch where patients can report problems with a drug.

#44. Which of these medications has a narrow therapeutic index?

Warfarin (Coumadin®) has a narrow therapeutic index, requiring patients on this medication to undergo blood tests regularly. A blood sample is taken and used to measure the patient’s INR, which is, in simple terms, the time it takes the blood to clot. The normal INR value while on warfarin is 2.0 to 3.0. Any value falling outside the range will require an omission or change in the patient’s current dosing.

#45. What is the generic name for Symbicort?


How Can I Improve My Chances of Passing the PTCB Exam?

To improve your chances of passing the PTCB exam, consider the following strategies:

  1. Review your previous exam results: If you’ve taken the exam before, analyze your performance to identify weak areas that need more focus.
  2. Develop a structured study plan: Create a schedule that covers all exam topics, allocating more time to areas where you need improvement.
  3. Use varied study resources: To reinforce your learning, use textbooks, online courses, practice exams, and flashcards.
  4. Take practice tests regularly: Practice exams help assess your readiness and familiarize you with the exam format.
  5. Focus on weaker areas: Dedicate more study time to topics where you feel less confident.
  6. Understand the exam content: Review the PTCB exam content outline to ensure you’re covering all required topics.
  7. Join a study group or seek help: Collaborate with peers or ask for assistance from teachers or mentors.
  8. Get adequate rest: Ensure you’re well-rested before the exam to maintain mental sharpness.

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