Ch 2: Alpha, Beta & Calcium Channel Blockers

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Work through this chapter at your own pace to study alpha, beta and calcium channel blockers. Our engaging lessons and mini quizzes offer you a quick and effective way to get ready for exams, supplement your textbooks, get help with homework assignments and more.

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

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: Alpha, Beta & Calcium Channel Blockers
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Alpha Adrenergic Blockers: Drugs & Side Effects

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.

Beta Adrenergic Blockers: Definition & Side Effects

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.

Clonidine: Mechanism of Action & Interactions

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.

Clonidine: Indications & Contraindications

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.

Clonidine Pharmacology & Classification

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.

Beta Blockers and Anxiety: Treatment and Side Effects

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.

Beta Blockers and Asthma

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.

Beta Blockers and Diabetes: Mechanism and Risks

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.

Beta Blockers and Migraines: Prevention and Treatment

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.

Cardioselective vs. Non-cardioselective Beta Blockers

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.

Metoprolol Mechanism of Action

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.

Calcium Channel Blockers: Uses & Mechanism of Action

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.

Calcium Channel Blockers vs. Beta Blockers

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.

Calcium Channel Blockers Drug Interactions

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.

Calcium Channel Blockers: Drugs, Side Effects & Overdose

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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