Conceptual Pharmacology
P Jagadish Prasad
216 x 280 mm
Year of Publishing
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Universities Press

Pharmacology is currently one of the fast-growing branches of medical science. This book was written to provide students basic information in pharmacology with emphasis on clinical aspects and pharmacological approaches to drug-based treatment. Information about the drug is given in detail and includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, clinical indications, adverse drug reactions and drug interactions. The book covers the syllabus specified by medical, pharmacy, dental and nursing courses. At the end of each chapter important questions have been added for self-assessment. The book is written in a simple and comprehensible style and is generously illustrated both with chemical structures of drugs and with medical drawings. Topics such as dermatological pharmacology, drug use in pregnancy, therapeutic drug monitoring and rational drug use have been included: these are unique to this book.

Dr P Jagadish Prasad, formerly Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology and Principal, Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, has over forty years of experience in teaching and research. He graduated in medicine in 1965 and completed his post graduation in pharmacology in 1973 from the Guntur Medical College. Since then, he has worked at numerous government and private medical colleges. He has been an examiner medicine and pharmacy) at universities across India and has recruited medical personnel at various institutions. He was a member of the Indian Pharmacological Society for nearly three decades and has been a consultant for pharmaceutical companies. He has worked with the WHO, investigating pesticide related fatalities in Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh.
1 General Pharmacology
Dosage forms
Drug delivery systems
Factors modifying drug effects
Dose-response relationships
Adverse drug reactions and drug toxicity
Drug interactions
Drug assays
Drug development
Rational drug use
2 Autonomic Nervous System
Organization of the ANS
Neurohumoral transmission
Adrenergic system
Cholinergic system
Ganglion stimulating drugs
Ganglion blocking drugs
3 Cardiovascular System
Basic terminology of cardiac measurements
Antihypertensive drugs
Drug treatment of congestive heart failure
Ischemic heart disease and treatment of angina pectoris
Drug used in cardiac arrhythmias
4 Central Nervous System
Organization of the brain
Central neurotransmitters
Sedative and hypnotic drugs
General anesthetics
Skeletal muscle relaxants
Local anesthetics
Therapeutic approaches to neurodegenerative disorders
Treatment of psychotic disorders
Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Antiepileptic drugs
Opioid analgesics
Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs
Rheumatoid arthritis
Gouty arthritis
The alcohols
Drug addiction and drug abuse
Stimulants or excitants
5 Autacoids
Histamine and histamine antagonists
5-Hydroxytryptamine (serotonin)
Ergot alkaloids
Vasoactive peptides
6 Hemopoietic System
Treatment of iron deficiency anemia
Treatment of megaloblastic anemia
Hematopoietic growth factors
Blood coagulation disorders
7 Diuretics
8 Chemotherapeutic Agents
Chemotherapy of microbial diseases
Sulfonamides, trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole
Other beta lactam antibiotics
Protein synthesis inhibitors
Miscellaneous antibiotics
Urinary antiseptics and analgesics
Chemotherapy of tuberculosis and leprosy
Chemotherapy of protozoal infections (antimalarial and antiamebic drugs)
Antiviral agents
Antiinfluenza agents
Antiretroviral drugs
Antifungal agents
Anthelminthic agents
Cancer chemotherapy
9 Gastrointestinal System
Drug treatment of acid peptic disorders
Antiemetic drugs
Drugs for motility disorders
Purgatives and laxatives
Antidiarrheal agents
Drug treatment of irritable bowel syndrome
Drug treatment of inflammatory bowel disease
10 Hormones
Hypothalamic–pituitary hormones
Adrenocorticotropic hormones and adrenocortical steroids
Thyroid hormones and antithyroid drugs
Ovarian hormones
Hormonal contraceptives
Androgens and antiandrogens
Pancreatic hormones and antidiabetic drugs
Drugs affecting bone mineral metabolism
11 Respiratory System Disorders
Bronchial asthma
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Antitussives and expectorants
12 Immune Pharmacology
Immunosuppressive drugs
13 Drugs Acting on the Uterus
Oxytocics and tocolytics
14 Drug Therapy of Hyperlipidemias
15 Toxicology
Heavy metal poisoning
Environmental pollution
16 Drug Use during Pregnancy
17 Dermatological Pharmacology
18 Vitamins
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