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Pharmacology (MBBS): Course Outline

Pharmacology is a branch of science that deals with the study of drugs and their actions on living systems - that is, the study of how drugs work in the body (sometimes referred to as 'drug actions')

Course Outline


The details of the syllabus are as under:  Theory

  1. General Pharmacology:
  • Definition of Pharmacology, Objectives of learning Pharmacology, definition of drug and drug nomenclature.
  • Standard sources of drug information, pharmacopoeias, formularies.
  • Branches/Divisions of Pharmacology.
  • Sources of drugs.
  • Active principles of drugs and Pharmacopoeias.
  • Dosage forms and doses of drugs.
  • Drug administration.
  • Absorption of drugs and processes involved in drug absorption ( transport of drugs across cell-membrane)
  • Factors modifying absorption of drugs.
  • Bioavailability, its clinical significance and factors affecting bioavailability.
  • Drugs reservoirs, distribution and redistribution of drugs, plasma protein binding.
  • Pro-drug, Biotransformation of drugs, enzyme induction, enzyme inhibition and entero-hepatic circulation.
  • Plasma half-life of drugs, steady state concentration, its clinical importance and factors affecting it.
  • Excretion of drugs.
  • Mechanism of drug action.
  • Dose response curves, structure-activity relationship.
  • Factors modifying action and doses of drugs.
  • Drug-drug interactions.

2. Locally Acting Drugs

  • Demulcents, Emollients, Irritants, Counter irritants, Astringents, anti-seborrhoeics, Locally acting enzymes.
  • Antiseptics and Disinfectants
  • Ectoparasiticides

3. Drugs Acting on Gastrointestinal Tract

  • Anti Emetics
  • Drugs affecting motility of GIT
  •  Ulcer Healing drugs
  • Purgatives/Laxatives

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