Free Pharmacy Technician Test Sample Questions
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Which of the following is a semisolid homogeneous mixture, often made in an oil base?
Answer and Explanations
An ointment is a semisolid dosage form in an oil base. Ointments are applied topically and have a greasier texture than that of a cream or lotion. Additionally, ointments are typically thicker than other dosage forms such as creams. They generally have longer surface contact time with the skin than creams, which may result in greater absorption.
Did you get it right? The correct answer is A.
Here’s why the other answers are incorrect:
- Answer B: A cream is a semisolid dosage form in a water base. Creams contain a lower percentage of oil than ointments, so they are not as greasy or viscous as ointments. Despite creams having less contact time with skin, they are often preferred by patients because they are less greasy. An example of a cream is the OTC product Cortisone 10 (hydrocortisone), a cream used for treatment of minor rash and itching.
- Answer C: A gel is a semisolid dosage form that has an aqueous base. Gels contain a condensed mass encapsulated or merged in a liquid. Gels typically liquify when they come in contact with skin and are often used on mucous membranes or the skin. Gels are not typically as thick or viscous as ointments. An example of a gel is Voltaren Gel (diclofenac), a topical NSAID.
- Answer D: A lotion is a semisolid dosage form in a water base. Lotion typically is less viscous than creams or ointments. Lotion can be applied to a larger surface area of the body. For example, Oxistat (oxiconazole) is an antifungal lotion, used to treat topical fungal infections.
Bottom Line: An ointment is a semisolid dosage form in an oil base.
For more information, see:
Ballington DA, Laughlin MM, McKennon SA. Pharmacology for Technicians. St. Paul, MN: Paradigm Publishing, Inc; 2017.
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