Ch 19: Pharmacology Concepts

About This Chapter

This chapter is all about concepts within the field of pharmacology. You'll review topics related to forms of medicine, drug interaction, and key terminology to be familiar with.

Pharmacology Concepts - Chapter Summary

This chapter fleshes out several concepts central to the study and practice of pharmacology. You'll learn about the classification of drugs as well as their effects and the ways they can be taken. Topics discussed include all of the following:

  • Processing pharmacological information
  • Forms of drug administration
  • How drugs work within the body
  • Terms related to drug application, reactions and interaction

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10 Lessons in Chapter 19: Pharmacology Concepts
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Reading & Interpreting Pharmacological Information

1. Reading & Interpreting Pharmacological Information

It can be difficult interpreting the jargon on your prescription drugs, but in this lesson we'll outline what to look for and where you can go to find more information. This will keep you healthy and happy.

Routes of Drug Administration: Oral, Topical, Inhalation & Injection

2. Routes of Drug Administration: Oral, Topical, Inhalation & Injection

The way by which illicit drugs can be administered or taken into the body are numerous. These routes include the oral route, transdermal, inhalation, and intravenous injection.

Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

3. Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

This lesson will describe the six major classes of psychoactive drugs, give examples of substances in each class, and explain what they cause a person to experience in the short-term and the long-term.

Drug Interactions With Other Drugs & Activity Within the Body

4. Drug Interactions With Other Drugs & Activity Within the Body

Drugs can affect your body in quite a few ways. You'll learn about how they affect you and how they interact with one another to affect you by learning about tolerance, cross-tolerance, the additive effect, synergism, potentiation, and antagonism.

Terminology of Drug Use, Reactions & Interactions

5. Terminology of Drug Use, Reactions & Interactions

Do you read drug labels? Do you know why they exist? Drugs interact and react in odd ways, so it pays to read them and be safe. This lesson defines some drug reactions, interactions, and other terms.

Generic Drugs: Definition & Advantages

6. Generic Drugs: Definition & Advantages

A common debate: generic or brand name drug! Which is better? What is the difference? Do generics really stand up to the power of a brand name drug? Keep reading to find out the advantages of generic drugs and how they are approved!

The Purpose of Clinical Trials

7. The Purpose of Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are used to assess the safety and effectiveness of new treatment options. This lesson will discuss the purpose of clinical trials and will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.

The Five Phases of Human Clinical Trials

8. The Five Phases of Human Clinical Trials

Human clinical trials help us understand the effectiveness of a treatment. This lesson will discuss the five phases of human clinical trials and will end with a brief quiz to test what you have learned.

How to Determine Sample Size

9. How to Determine Sample Size

How many subjects should a researcher use in his or her experiment? In this lesson, we'll examine the elements that go into sample size, including how to figure out how big a sample should be and what real-world issues influence sample size.

How the FDA Approves New Drugs

10. How the FDA Approves New Drugs

In this lesson, you'll meet Nancy the Nose Spray and learn about the long journey she must take - from her birth to her early years as a fledgling prescription drug, and finally to a seasoned, over-the-counter medication.

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