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Autonomic Pharmacology: Course Outline (920)

Autonomic Pharmacology Effects of drugs having therapeutic potential and potential for adverse side effects within the autonomic nervous system and organs controlled by this system. Comparison with drugs having therapeutic potential.

Course Outline


  • The autonomic and somatic motor nervous system

 Muscarinic receptor agonists and antagonists

  • Acetylcholine and its muscarinic receptor target
  • Cholinomimetic choline esters and natural alkaloids
  • Muscarinic receptor antagonists
  • Therapeutic uses of muscarinic receptor antagonists & poisoning by muscarinic receptor antagonists and other drugs with anti-cholinergic properties

Anticholinesterase agents (reversible & irreversible) agents acting at the neuromuscular junction and autonomic ganglia

  • The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor
  • Neuromuscular blocking agents
  • Ganglionic neurotransmission

Ganglionic stimulating drugs adrenergic agonists and antagonist

  • Endogenous catecholamine
  • α1 selective adrenergic receptor agonists
  • α2 selective adrenergic receptor agonists
  •  Miscellaneous sympathomimetic agonists
  • Therapeutic uses of sympathomimetic drugs
  • α adrenergic receptor antagonists
  • β-adrenergic receptor antagonists


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