Pharmacological Classification of Drugs with Doses and Preparations

by KD Tripathi

The aim of this book is to focus on the pharmacological classification of drugs with doses and preparations. A systematized listing of drugs according to their primary actions, mechanisms, chemical nature, clinical uses and/or other relevant characteristics is the first step to learn about them. The mental exercise to prescribe a drug for a patient starts with identifying the class of drugs to be prescribed and then selecting the specific member most appropriate for that patient according to its subclass/group/individual characteristic. This book consists of 13 chapters that focus on drugs acting on autonomic nervous system, autacoids and related drugs, drugs for respiratory disorders, hormones and related drugs, drugs acting on peripheral (somatic) nervous system, cardiovascular drugs, drugs affecting blood, gastrointestinal drugs, antibacterial drugs, antifungal, antiviral, antiprotozoal and anthelmintic drugs, and anticancer drugs. Drug classifications have been criticised for being imprecise and arbitrary because of nonuniform criteria that have often to be adopted and frequent lack of watertight distinctions among drug groups/subgroups. The drug classifications are presented in the form of hierarchially designed charts. These charts create pictorial images and help memorizing. In this edition all classifications have been updated, expanded and modified where necessary.


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