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Alpha, Beta & Calcium Channel Blockers - Chapter Summary
This pharmacology chapter examines the fundamentals of alpha, beta and calcium channel blockers. As you work through this series of short and entertaining lessons, you'll become familiar with the uses of these medications, as well as their drug interactions, side effects, contraindications and classifications. Take the chapter's self-assessment quizzes to make sure you retain the information you study. These resources are available 24/7, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the side effects of alpha and beta adrenergic blockers
- Assess the mechanism of action, interactions, indications, contraindications, pharmacology and classification of clonidine
- Understand how beta blockers treat anxiety, asthma, diabetes and migraines
- Differentiate between cardioselective and non-cardioselective beta blockers
- Describe metoprolol's mechanism of action
- Evaluate the uses, mechanism of action, drug interactions and side effects of calcium channel blockers
- Explain the differences between beta blockers and calcium channel blockers
1. Alpha Adrenergic Blockers: Drugs & Side Effects
We will describe the different drugs that are under the category of alpha adrenergic blockers and what they are used for. We will also look at the most commonly reported side effects of this category of drugs.
2. Beta Adrenergic Blockers: Definition & Side Effects
We are going to get a better understanding of what beta blockers are and the other names for this group of drugs. The side effects that occur with this group of drugs will also be covered in this lesson.
3. Clonidine: Mechanism of Action & Interactions
We take many different medications over the course of our lives with little thought as to how they work. This lesson covers the mechanism of action of clonidine as well as its interactions with other drugs.
4. Clonidine: Indications & Contraindications
There are many drugs used to treat many conditions. We are going to look at the drug, clonidine, to see which conditions it is used to treat, as well as which conditions are contraindications.
5. Clonidine Pharmacology & Classification
Have you ever heard of clonidine? It's a drug that has more than one use. You'll learn how it can be classified, its important pharmacological aspects, and its major uses.
6. Beta Blockers and Anxiety: Treatment and Side Effects
This lesson goes over a rather interesting treatment for anxiety, the use of beta-blockers, which are medications meant for a completely different purpose. You'll learn how and when they're used and what their side effects are.
7. Beta Blockers and Asthma
How would you like it if you were to have two serious medical problems? And how would you like it if the medication for one interfered with the medication for the other? Learn how this might be the case on this lesson on beta-blockers and asthma.
8. Beta Blockers and Diabetes: Mechanism and Risks
Beta-blockers are common medications used to control high blood pressure, but can block dangerous signs of low blood sugar in people with diabetes. Read this lesson to learn more about how diabetes is affected by this class of medication.
9. Beta Blockers and Migraines: Prevention and Treatment
Migraines are a common ailment, but the pain they cause is significant. In this lesson, learn about beta-blockers and their use in migraine prevention.
10. Cardioselective vs. Non-cardioselective Beta Blockers
In this lesson, you'll learn a bit about the adrenergic system and how it relates to the names and functions of various cardioselective and non-cardioselective beta blockers.
11. Metoprolol Mechanism of Action
This lesson describes a medication called metoprolol. You'll learn what it's used for, how it works, and how this ties in to receptors called beta-receptors and a biochemical called epinephrine.
12. Calcium Channel Blockers: Uses & Mechanism of Action
Calcium channel blockers are a type of prescription medication used primarily for heart disease. In this lesson, we will learn what specific diseases they are used for and their mechanism of action.
13. Calcium Channel Blockers vs. Beta Blockers
This lesson will describe the differences in calcium channel blockers (CCB's) and beta blockers (BB's). It will delve in to the two different cardiac medication in depth and reveal their common uses.
14. Calcium Channel Blockers Drug Interactions
Calcium channel blockers are a class of prescription drugs. As with all medications, there are numerous potential drug interactions that can occur. In this lesson, we will review some of those drug interactions.
15. Calcium Channel Blockers: Drugs, Side Effects & Overdose
In this lesson we will learn about the class of prescription drugs called calcium channel blockers. We will look at how these work, what side effects can occur, and the risk of overdose.
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