Underlying principles of actions of various drug groups; sources, physical and chemical properties, physiological actions, absorption rate, excretion, therapeutic uses, side effects and toxicity. Emphasis on fundamental concepts applying to actions of most drugs.

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This open access Nursing Pharmacology textbook is designed for entry-level undergraduate nursing students. It explains basic concepts of pharmacology and describes common medication classes. This book is not intended to be used as a drug reference book, but direct links are provided to DailyMed, which provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States.

This textbook is aligned with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide nursing curriculum for the Nursing Pharmacology course (543-103). The project is supported by a $2.5 million Open Resources for Nursing (Open RN) grant from the Department of Education and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This book is available for download in multiple formats, but the online version is required for interaction with the adaptive learning activities included in each chapter.

I. Kinetics & Dynamics
II. Legal/Ethical
III. Antimicrobials
IV. Autonomic Nervous System
V. Respiratory
VI. Cardiovascular & Renal System
VII. Gastrointestinal
VIII. Central Nervous System
IX. Endocrine
X. Analgesic and Musculoskeletal
XI. Answer Key

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Principles of Pharmacology – Study Guide
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1. Introduction to Pharmacology
2. Introduction to Drug-Receptor Interactions and Pharmacodynamics
3. Factors Contributing to Drug Effect
4. Pharmacological Descriptors of Drug-Receptor Interactions
5. Drug Action vs. Drug Effect
6. Characteristics of Drug-Receptor Interactions:
7. Response to Excessive and Reduced Stimulation of Receptors:
8. Two Main Classes of Receptor Ligands in Pharmacology: Agonists & Antagonists
9. Receptor Allosteric Modulators
10. Competitive Antagonist vs. Negative Allosteric Modulator
11. Types of Drug-Drug Interactions
12. Introduction to Signal Transduction
13. Enzyme-Linked Receptors
14. G-Protein-Coupled Receptors
15. Nuclear Receptors
16. Receptor Regulation
17. Ion Channels
18. Agents and Actions of the Autonomic Nervous System
19. Agents and Actions of the Autonomic Nervous System: Autonomic Pharmacology Overview
20. Actions of the Autonomic Nervous System: Adrenergic Pharmacology
21. Agents and Actions of the Autonomic Nervous System: Parasympathetic Nervous System
22. Agents and Actions of the Autonomic Nervous System: Sympathetic Nervous System

Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Student Guide
Becky Merkey
Esam El-fakahany
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