Basic Pharmacology

Basic Pharmacology

2nd Edition - September 19, 1986

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  • Editor: R W Foster
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483142098

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Basic Pharmacology, Second Edition, similar to the first edition, talks about the relationship between the human body and therapeutic drugs. A large part of this book discusses the nervous system and the way certain drugs operate and affect it. The first part of this book covers the importance of having a firm understanding of the organ system, especially the nervous system. Understanding the systems is the initial step in learning how a drug affects the body, both internally and externally. This book also clarifies that a drug's impact occurs when it comes in contact with a chemical component of the body (enzymes, hormones, membranes, etc.). The next sections of this book discuss miscellaneous topics of the human anatomy, such as the brain, eyes, lungs, and various muscles. This edition also explains how a drug acts on each of those body parts. This book serves as a great reference to students affiliated in the anatomy, biology, pharmacy, and related fields.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Drug Action on Peripheral Excitable Tissues-Drugs Related to the Neurotransmitters Acetylcholine and Noradrenaline

    Anatomy and Physiology of the (Efferent) Peripheral Nervous System and Its Effectors

    The Effector Cells Innervated by Postganglionic Autonomic Neurones: Important Effects Caused by Nervous Activity

    The Pharmacology of Cholinergic Axons and Their Terminals

    The Pharmacology of the Cholinoceptors of Skeletal Muscle

    The Pharmacology of the Cholinoceptors of Ganglia

    The Pharmacology of the Cholinoceptors of Smooth Muscle, Cardiac Muscle and Exocrine Glands

    Cholinesterases and Their Inhibitors

    The Pharmacology of Noradrenergic Neuroeffector Transmission

    The Adrenal Medulla

    2 Drug Action on Peripheral Tissues-Drugs Unrelated to Neurotransmitters or Hormones

    Local Anesthesia

    Cardiac Antidysrhythmic Drugs

    Cardiac Glycosides

    Calcium Channel Blockers




    Anticoagulant, Antithrombotic and Fibrinolytic Compounds

    3 Endocrine Pharmacology

    Hypothalamo-Pituitary Axis


    Oestrogens, Progestogens and Androgens

    The Thyroid Gland and Drugs Used in Thyroid Abnormalities

    The Adrenal Cortex and the Corticosteroids

    Insulin and Glucagon

    Posterior Pituitary Hormones


    Local Hormones

    The Pharmacology of Inflammation

    4 Drug Action on the Central Nervous System

    Chemical Transmission in the CNS

    Some Disorders of Movement

    Classification of Mental Disorders


    Antipsychotic Drugs

    Vomiting, Emetics and Antiemetics

    Opioid Analgesics and Their Antagonists

    Stimulants and Hallucinogens

    Antipyretic Analgesics

    The State of Consciousness and the Nonspecific Depressants

    5 Antiparasitic Chemotherapy

    Biochemical Selectivity

    Distributional Selectivity

    Chemotherapy of Metazoal Infestations

    Chemotherapy of Protozoal Infections

    Chemotherapy of Fungal Infections

    Chemotherapy of Bacterial Infections

    Chemotherapy of Viral Infections

    Chemotherapy of Malignant Neoplasms

    6 Drug Disposition and Metabolism





    Drug Dosage Regimens

    Physicochemical Groupings

    Water-Soluble Drugs

    Drugs with Intermediate Solubility

    Lipid-Soluble Drugs

    Acidic Drugs

    Basic Drugs

    7 Applied Pharmacology

    Acute Poisoning

    Gastrointestinal Complaints

    Congestive Heart Failure

    Hypertension and Antihypertensive Drugs

    Angina of Effort


    Coughs and Colds

    Headache and Migraine

    Mental Disorders and Drugs That Alleviate Them


    Family Planning

    Drugs and the Cellular Elements of Blood

    Drugs in Joint Disease

    Drugs and the Skin

    8 General Pharmacology

    Mechanisms of Drug Action

    Adverse Effects of Drugs

    Adverse Drug Interactions

    Abuse of Drugs

    Drug Design, Development and Testing

    Suggested Further Reading


Product details

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1986
  • Published: September 19, 1986
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483142098

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