Pharmacology for Dentistry focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms whereby therapeutic drugs, or other pharmacologically or toxicologically active compounds, interact with biological, particularly human, systems. The course covers general principles of drug action, including drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of important therapeutic drug categories, with specific attention to drugs that are important in dental practice. For each drug category, the course emphasizes: selected prototype drugs, molecular mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetic properties, therapeutics, adverse effects, contra- indications and drug-drug interactions.
Topics discussed include: General Principles, Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Disease, Autonomic Pharmacology, Cardiovascular Drugs, Toxicology, Autacoids and Inflammation, Endocrine Pharmacology, and Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System.
Offered: Spring semester
Course director: Thomas M. Guenthner, PhD
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