This course is mainly theoretical, focusing on the effects of drugs system by system and importantly on how drugs do modify the functioning of those systems.
Systemic pharmacology allows students to understand the effects of drugs on different body systems. In this case, a student learns drug effects on each system at a time.
This course aims at improving the students understanding of how drugs affects the function of the various body systems, so as to be able to use drugs to modify those systems and effectively monitor for adverse effects resulting drug use at system level.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of this course, each student should be able to:
- Describe and explain the functioning of chemical mediators in the CNS clearly bringing out the roles of the excitatory, inhibitory and modulatory pathways in the brain.
- Describe the pathological conditions affecting the central nervous system
- Be able to diagnose the conditions
- Carefully choose drugs that can ably manage those conditions
- Describe and explain the actions of analgesics; their clinical indications and contraindications
- Describe and explain the actions of anaesthetics, both local and general
- Describe and explain the actions of the hormonal system
- Identify hormonal agents used as drugs for various conditions and describe their pharmacology.
- Describe the effects of drugs on the cardiovascular system and safely prescribe drugs with effects on the cardiovascular system.
- Effectively identify, describe and prescribe drugs that are effective on the gastrointestinal and respiratory system.
- Describe important drugs for treatment and prevention of haematological disorders
- Classify and describe drugs used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and gout