This course is both theoretical and practical, focusing on the effects of drugs system by system and importantly on how drugs do modify the functioning of those systems. The practical sessions here will mainly focus on actions of agents and drugs acting on the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems.
This course aims at improving the students understanding of how drugs affect the functioning of the various body systems, so as to be able to use drugs to modify those systems and effectively monitor for adverse effects resulting from drug use at system level.
Course learning outcomes
At the end of this course, each student should be able to;
1. 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.
2. Describe the pathological conditions affecting the central nervous system
3. Be able to diagnose the conditions
4. Carefully choose drugs that can ably manage those conditions
5. Describe and explain the actions of analgesics; their clinical indications and contraindications
6. Describe and explain the actions of anaesthetics, both local and general
7. Describe and explain the actions of the hormonal system
8. Identify hormonal agents used as drugs for various conditions and describe their pharmacology.
9. Describe the effects of drugs on the cardiovascular system and safely prescribe drugs with effects on the cardiovascular system.
10. Describe important drugs for treatment and prevention of haematological disorders
11. Classify and describe drugs used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and gout