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Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
1. understand the mechanism of drug action and its relevance in the treatment of different infectious diseases
2. comprehend the principles of toxicology and treatment of various poisonings
3. appreciate correlation of pharmacology with related medical sciences.
This subject is intended to impart the fundamental knowledge on various aspects (classification, mechanism of action, therapeutic effects, clinical uses, sideeffects and contraindications) of drugs acting on respiratory and gastrointestinal system, infectious diseases, immuno-pharmacology and in addition,emphasis on the principles of toxicology and chronopharmacology.
1. Pharmacology of drugs acting on Respiratory system
a. Anti -asthmatic drugs
b. Drugs used in the management of COPD
c. Expectorants and antitussives
d. Nasal decongestants
e. Respiratory stimulants
2. Pharmacology of drugs acting on the Gastrointestinal Tract
a. Antiulcer agents.
b. Drugs for constipation and diarrhoea.
c. Appetite stimulants and suppressants.
d. Digestants and carminatives.
e. Emetics and anti-emetics.
a. General principles of chemotherapy.
b. Sulfonamides and cotrimoxazole.
c. Antibiotics- Penicillins, cephalosporins, chloramphenicol, macrolides, quinolones
and fluoroquinolins, tetracycline and aminoglycosides
a. Antitubercular agents
b. Antileprotic agents
c. Antifungal agents
d. Antiviral drugs
f. Antimalarial drugs
g. Antiamoebic agents
l. Urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases.
m. Chemotherapy of malignancy.
Protein drugs, monoclonal antibodies, target drugs to antigen, biosimilars
5. Principles of toxicology
a. Definition and basic knowledge of acute, subacute and chronic toxicity.
b. Definition and basic knowledge of genotoxicity, carcinogenicity, teratogenicity and
c. General principles of treatment of poisoning
d. Clinical symptoms and management of barbiturates, morphine,
organophosphosphorus compound and lead, mercury and arsenic poisoning.
a. Definition of rhythm and cycles.
b. Biological clock and their significance leading to chronotherapy.
sexually transmitted diseases
Target drugs to antigen