Pharmacology I Introduction

A patient who visits a physician or physician extender frequently receives a prescription for a medication. That prescription is brought to the pharmacy to be filled. The patient expects professional attention at the pharmacy. Part of that expectation involves any caution or warning the patient should heed while taking the medication.

In your role you will serve as a source of drug information. Patients and friends will ask you specific questions concerning the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. You must know the trade and generic names of literally hundreds of medications. Furthermore, you must know the cautions and warnings associated with many agents.

How are you to know this information about drugs? Certainly you have had instruction which presented the basics of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. This instruction has given you a sound foundation for learning more in these areas. This subcourse will present instruction in anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. The material in anatomy and physiology is included to refresh your memory or to give you additional information so you can better understand the pharmacology material.

This subcourse is not intended to be used as an authoritative source of drug information. As you know, new drugs are constantly being discovered and new uses for existing drugs are being found through research. Therefore, you must rely upon this subcourse to review concepts or to learn new information. You are then to use other sources (see lesson 1 of this subcourse) to gain new information as it is discovered.

Subcourse Components:

This subcourse consists of 11 lessons and an examination. The lessons are:

Lesson 1. Professional References in Pharmacy.

Lesson 2. Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Important to Pharmacology.

Lesson 3. Introduction to Pharmacology.

Lesson 4. Local Anesthetic Agents.

Lesson 5.

The Central Nervous System.

Lesson 6.

Agents Used During Surgery.

Lesson 7.

Sedative and Hypnotic Agents.

Lesson 8.

Anticonvulsant Agents.

Lesson 9.

Psychotherapeutic Agents.

Lesson 10.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Stimulants

Lesson 11.

Narcotic Agents.

Credit Awarded:

Upon successful completion of this subcourse, you will be awarded 14 credit hours.

Lesson Materials Furnished:

Lesson materials provided include this booklet, an examination answer sheet, and an envelope. Answer sheets are not provided for individual lessons in this subcourse because you are to grade your own lessons. Exercises and solutions for all lessons are contained in this booklet. You must furnish a #2 pencil.

Procedures for Subcourse Completion:

You are encouraged to complete the subcourse lesson by lesson. When you have completed all of the lessons to your satisfaction, fill out the examination answer sheet and mail it to the AMEDDC&S along with the Student Comment Sheet in the envelope provided. Be sure that your social security number is on all correspondence sent to the AMEDDC&S. You will be notified by return mail of the examination results. Your grade on the exam will be your rating for the subcourse.

Study Suggestions:

Here are some suggestions that may be helpful to you in completing this subcourse:

Read and study each lesson carefully.

Complete the subcourse lesson by lesson. After completing each lesson, work the exercises at the end of the lesson, marking your answers in this booklet.

After completing each set of lesson exercises, compare your answers with those on the solution sheet which follows the exercises. If you have answered an exercise incorrectly, check the reference cited after the answer on the solution sheet to determine why your response was not the correct one.

As you successfully complete each lesson, go on to the next. When you have completed all of the lessons, complete the examination. Mark your answers in this booklet; then transfer your responses to the examination answer sheet using a #2 pencil.

Student Comment Sheet:

Be sure to provide us with your suggestions and criticisms by filling out the Student Comment Sheet (found at the back of this booklet) and returning it to us with your examination answer sheet. Please review this comment sheet before studying this subcourse. In this way, you will help us to improve the quality of this subcourse.

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