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Endocrine System Medications - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this pharmacology chapter cover medications for the human endocrine system, including metformin. Our expert instructors break down the uses, classifications and side effects of this medication and shows you how it interacts with other drugs.
The chapter can be completed at your own pace, and you can either review the chapter in sequence or select specific lessons you want focus on. Lesson quizzes are available to take so you can make sure you fully understand the most important endocrine system medication information. For your convenience, these lessons are accessible on any computer, smartphone or tablet.
How It Helps
Anyone who has to take an introductory pharmacology course can use these lessons as helpful study resources. If you're an aspiring pharmacy student, these lessons can give you an advantage before taking a course. These lessons can also be used to supplement your existing pharmacology knowledge. Additionally, health professionals who may need to take a pharmacology course for training or continuing education purposes can quickly review these lessons and strengthen their understanding of endocrine system medications.
Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Know how metformin is classified and what it's used for
- Understand how metformin interacts with other drugs
- List the side effects of metformin
- Outline metformin's mechanism of action and pharmacokinetics
1. What is Metformin? - Definition, Classification & Uses
Metformin is a medication used for type 2 diabetes and two other conditions that benefit from lowering blood sugars. You can learn more about this widely used antidiabetic drug in this lesson.
2. Metformin: Drug Interactions & Side Effects
This lesson is going to give a detailed look at the most common side effects associated with the diabetes drug metformin. We will also discuss the biggest concerns for drug interactions.
3. Metformin: Mechanism of Action & Pharmacokinetics
Diabetes is a disease that causes a disruption in healthy blood sugar levels. Find out how the antidiabetic drug metformin helps people with diabetes maintain healthy blood sugars.
4. Modafinil: Uses & Dosage
This lesson tackles the basics behind a medication called modafinil (Provigil). Along the way, you'll learn its major uses as well as its major dosages.
5. Modafinil: Drug Interactions & Side Effects
Caffeine stimulates our body and might make us shaky. That side-effect is also possible with another medication that stimulates our body, modafinil. Learn about its interactions and side effects in this lesson.
6. Methylphenidate: Abuse & Overdose
Methylphenidate is a drug prescribed by doctors for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. It has many different brand names and forms. In this lesson, we'll examine methylphenidate abuse and overdose.
7. Methylphenidate: Uses, Dosage & Side Effects
Methylphenidate is a central nervous stimulant that is used to treat attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and narcolepsy. This lesson discusses the usage, dosage, and side effects of this medication.
8. Melatonin Drug Interactions
Melatonin is a hormone produced by your body and a supplement available over the counter. In this lesson, we will review potential drug interactions you should consider when taking melatonin.
9. Levothyroxine Mechanism of Action
Many people take the prescription medication called levothyroxine. In this lesson, we will learn about what this medication is used for and how it works.
10. Levothyroxine: Side Effects, Interactions & Overdose
Levothyroxine is a prescription medication that is frequently used for hypothyroidism. In this lesson, we will learn about side effects, drug interactions, and the risk of overdose.
11. Levothyroxine: Classification, Uses & Dosage
Levothyroxine is synthetic T4 used in the treatment of hypothyroidism. This lesson discuses the classification, uses and dosage of levothyroxine. This lesson also discusses how to monitor and adjust dose for patient who is started on levothyroxine.
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Other chapters within the Introduction to Pharmacology course
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- Basics of Pharmacology
- Formulas & Calculations for Pharmacology
- Dosage Analysis in Pharmacology
- Pharmacology & Physiology
- Respiratory Medications
- Therapeutic Responses in Pharmacology
- Stimulants & Pharmacology
- Medicinal Herbology
- Alternative Medicine & Pharmacology
- Alternative Medicine for Digestive Issues
- Reproductive Health & Pharmacology
- Cancer, Abnormal Cells & Pharmacology
- 5-HT3 Antagonist Drugs
- Anorectic Medications
- Medications for Colds & Coughs
- Medications for Infection Control
- Understanding & Administering Doxycycline
- Anticonvulsant Medications
- Overview of Antihistamines
- Understanding & Administering Loratadine
- Overview of Cholinergic Drugs
- GABA Analogue Medications
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
- Sodium Channel Blockers
- Understanding Steroids
- Uric Acid Reducers
- Anesthesia & Pharmacology