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Pharmacology: Course Outline (417-IB)

Pharmacology is the science of drug action on biological systems. In its entirety, it embraces knowledge of the sources, chemical properties, biological effects and therapeutic uses of drugs.

Course Outline

1.Autacoids and their antagonists

  • Histamine and anti-histamines
  • Serotonin and serotonin antagonist
  • Prostaglandins and their antagonist

2.Drugs acting on respiratory system

A Drugs used in cough

  • Anti-tussives
  • Expectorants and mucolytic agents

B Drugs used in bronchial asthma


  • Sympathomimetic
  • Xanthine derivatives
  • Leukotriene receptor antagonists and synthesis inhibitors
  • Muscarinic receptor antagonists
  • Cromoglycate
  • Nedocromil
  • Cortecosteroids & other anti-inflammatory drugs

3.Drugs acting on cardio-vascular system

  • Angina pectoris and its drug treatment
  • Congestive heart failure & its treatment
  • Anti-arrhythmic drugs
  • Anti-hyperlipidemic
  • Coagulants and anti-coagulants
  • Anti-hypertensive
  • Diuretics

4.Drugs acting on genitourinary system

  • Oxytocin ergot alkaloids and uterine relaxants

5.Anti-anaemic drugs

6.Hormones antagonists and other agents affecting endocrine function

Endocrine function and dysfunctions

Drug used for therapy of diabetes mellitus

  • Insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents
  • Corticosteroids
  • Thyroid hormone and anti-thyroid drugs 


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