cod. 1010301

Academic year 2023/24
3° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
POTI' Francesco
integrated course unit
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

Knowledge of drugs (type, use, mechanism of action etc.)


Course unit content

Pharmacology of all main pharmaceuticals

Full programme

Pharmacology of the autonomic and somatic nervous systems. Cholinergic and adrenergic neurotransmission. Cholinergic drugs (direct and indirect agonists; muscarinic antagonists; agents acting at the neuromuscular junction and autonomic ganglia). Adrenergic drugs (agonists and antagonists).
CNS drugs. General and local anesthetics. Hypnotics, sedatives, anxiolitics. Antiepileptic drugs; Antipsychotics. Antidepressants. Drugs for neurodegenerative diseases (eg Parkinson). Opiod and non-opiod analgesics. Drug abuse.
Chemiotherapeutic agents. General concepts: definitions, uses, mechanisms of action, resistance. Antimicrobial and antiviral drugs. Antineoplastic agents.
Cardiovascular drugs. Antihypertensive drugs. Drugs used in angina. Antiarrythmic drugs. Drugs for heart failure. Drugs used in the treatment of hyperlipoproteinemias. Hematopoietic agents. Anticoagulants. Thrombolytic agents.
Renal drugs. Diuretics and anti-diuretics.
Drugs of the respiratory system. Drugs used in the treatment of asthma. Antitussive agents.
Gastrointestinal drugs. Drugs used for the treatment of ulcers. Agents affecting intestinal motility. Antiemetics. Laxatives.
Drugs of inflammation. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Drugs used in the treatment of gout.
Autacoids. Histamine and anti-histamine. Serotonin and its antagonists.
Endocrine pharmacology. Insulin and oral hypoglycemic aagents. Adrenocortical steroids. Estrogens and progestins. Tyroid and antityroid drugs. Hypothalamic and hypophyseal hormones.
Drugs for benigne prostate hypertrophy.
Drugs for erectile dysfunction.


Rang; Katzung; Rossi; Goodman and Gilman

Teaching methods

Classroom lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

Other information