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Main description:

This new edition is a complete guide to medical pharmacology for students.

Beginning with an overview of pharmacological principles, the following sections cover drugs used to treat disorders in different systems of the body.

The next chapters discuss antimicrobial drugs and chemotherapy, and the book concludes with a section on miscellaneous drugs including immunosuppressant drugs, antiseptics, vitamins, and vaccines.

The eighth edition has been fully revised to provide the latest advances in the field. New drugs and the latest treatment guidelines have been added.

Most chapters conclude with an exercise in therapeutic decision making and topics are extensively referenced.

The text is highly illustrated with figures, charts and tables, and includes comprehensive appendices covering problem directed study, prescribing in pregnancy, and drugs in breastfeeding.

Key points

  • Comprehensive guide to medical pharmacology for students

  • Fully revised, eighth edition featuring many new drugs and latest treatment guidelines

  • Includes therapeutic decision making exercises

  • Previous edition (9789350259375) published in 2013


Section 1 General Pharmacological Principles

  • Introduction, Routes of Drug Administration

  • Pharmacokinetics: Membrane Transport, Absorption and Distribution of Drugs

  • Pharmacokinetics: Metabolism and Excretion of Drugs, Kinetics of Elimination

  • Pharmacodynamics: Mechanism of Drug Action; Receptor Pharmacology

  • Aspects of Pharmacotherapy, Clinical Pharmacology and Drug Development

  • Adverse Drug Effects


Section 2 Drugs Acting on Autonomic Nervous System

Autonomic Nervous System: General Considerations

  • Cholinergic Transmission and Cholinergic Drugs

  • Anticholinergic Drugs and Drugs Acting on Autonomic Ganglia

  • Adrenergic Transmission and Adrenergic Drugs

  • Antiadrenergic Drugs (Adrenergic Receptor Antagonists) and Drugs for Glaucoma


Section 3 Autacoids and Related Drugs

  • Histamine and Antihistaminics

  • 5-Hydroxytryptamine, its Antagonists and Drug Therapy of Migraine

  • Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes (Eicosanoids) and Platelet Activating Factor

  • Nonsteroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs and Antipyretic-Analgesics

  • Anti Rheumatoid and Antigout Drugs


Section 4 Respiratory System Drugs

  • Drugs for Cough and Bronchial Asthma


Section 5 Hormones and Related Drugs Introduction


  • Anterior Pituitary Hormones

  • Thyroid Hormones and Thyroid Inhibitors

  • Insulin, Oral Antidiabetic Drugs and Glucagon

  • Corticosteroids

  • Androgens and Related Drugs, Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction

  • Estrogens, Progestins and Contraceptives

  • Oxytocin and Other Drugs Acting on Uterus

  • Hormones and Drugs Affecting Calcium Balance


Section 6 Drugs Acting on Peripheral (Somatic) Nervous System

  • Skeletal Muscle Relaxants

  • Local Anaesthetics


Section 7 Drugs Acting on Central Nervous System

  • General Anaesthetics

  • Ethyl and Methyl Alcohols

  • Sedative-Hypnotics

  • Antiepileptic Drugs

  • Antiparkinsonian Drugs

  • Drugs Used in Mental Illness: Antipsychotic and Antimanic Drugs

  • Drugs Used in Mental Illness: Antidepressant and Antianxiety Drugs

  • Opioid Analgesics and Antagonists

  • CN S Stimulants and Cognition Enhancers


Section 8 Cardiovascular Drugs

  • Cardiac Electrophysiological Considerations

  • Drugs Affecting Renin-Angiotensin System

  • Nitric Oxide and Vasoactive Peptide Signal Molecules

  • Cardiac Glycosides and Drugs for Heart Failure

  • Antiarrhythmic Drugs

  • Antianginal and Other Anti-ischaemic Drugs

  • Antihypertensive Drugs


Section 9 Drugs Acting on Kidney

Relevant Physiology of Urine Formation

  • Diuretics

  • Antidiuretics


Section 10 Drugs Affecting Blood and Blood Formation

  • Haematinics and Erythropoietin

  • Drugs Affecting Coagulation, Bleeding and Thrombosis

  • Hypolipidaemic Drugs


Section 11 Gastrointestinal Drugs

  • Drugs for Peptic Ulcer and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

  • Antiemetic, Prokinetic and Digestant Drugs

  • Drugs for Constipation and Diarrhoea


Section 12 Antimicrobial Drugs

  • Antimicrobial Drugs: General Considerations

  • Sulfonamides, Cotrimoxazole and Quinolones

  • Beta-Lactam Antibiotics

  • Tetracyclines and Chloramphenicol (Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics)

  • Aminoglycoside Antibiotics

  • Macrolide, Lincosamide, Glycopeptide and Other Antibacterial Antibiotics; Urinary Antiseptics

  • Antitubercular Drugs

  • Antileprotic Drugs

  • Antifungal Drugs

  • Antiviral Drugs (Non-retroviral)

  • Antiviral Drugs (Anti-retrovirus)

  • Antimalarial Drugs

  • Antiamoebic and Other Antiprotozoal Drugs

  • Anthelmintic Drugs


Section 13 Chemotherapy of Neoplastic Diseases

  • Anticancer Drugs


Section 14 Miscellaneous Drugs

  • Immunosuppressant Drugs

  • Drugs Acting on Skin and Mucous Membranes

  • Antiseptics, Disinfectants and Ectoparasiticides

  • Chelating Agents

  • Vitamins

  • Vaccines, Antisera and Immuneglobulins

  • Drug Interactions


Appendix 1: Solution to Problem Directed Study

Appendix 2: Prescribing in Pregnancy

Appendix 3: Drugs in Breastfeeding

Appendix 4: Drugs and Fixed Dose Combinations Banned in India

Selected References for Further Reading



ISBN-13: 9789352704996
Publisher: Jaypee Medical (Jaypee Brothers,Medical Publishers Pvt. Ltd.)
Publication date: October, 2018
Pages: 1080
Weight: 2130g
Availability: Not yet available
Subcategories: Pharmacology


KD Tripathi MD

Ex-Director-Professor and Head of Pharmacology, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated LN and GB Pant Hospitals, New Delhi, India


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