Pharmacology

Antibiotics Review Part 4: What are Macrolides?

When reviewing various drugs, the commonly taught principle is that when a drug ends in certain suffixes like “–lol,” that’s automatically a beta-blocker, whereas medications that end in “–pine” are calcium channel blockers. However, since we do not live in a perfect world, there are always exceptions to the rule like atropine which ends in [...]

By | 2018-12-21T19:15:31-08:00 December 21st, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Antibiotics Review Part 4: What are Macrolides?

Antibiotics Review Part 3: What is Tetracycline?

For individuals who are prone to acne eruptions, tetracycline is quite a familiar ingredient in their daily skin care routine. Tetracycline is a type of antibiotic medication that is used to treat some bacterial infections, which includes acne. Tetracycline primarily works to cease the growth and the worsening of bacteria; this type of antibiotic can [...]

By | 2018-12-19T03:04:29-08:00 December 19th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Antibiotics Review Part 3: What is Tetracycline?

Pharmacology 101: The Role of Calcium Channel Blockers in Heart Failure and MI

Heart failure is a condition that is identified as the heart’s inefficiency to pump blood supply to various areas of the body adequately. If there is an insufficient flow of blood, all primary functions of the body are disrupted. While there are instances wherein pumping difficulties cause the heart failure, other patients suffer due to [...]

By | 2018-11-28T05:17:49-08:00 November 28th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Pharmacology 101: The Role of Calcium Channel Blockers in Heart Failure and MI

Antihistamine Pharmacology

Antihistamines are types of drugs that nurses usually encounter on a daily basis; these drugs are also available over-the-counter in various pharmacies worldwide. Before going into what antihistamines are, we must first understand what these drugs are blocking and how they affect the body. In this lecture you can expect the following topics to be [...]

By | 2018-11-26T05:22:13-08:00 November 26th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Antihistamine Pharmacology

Emergency Pharmacology: A Highlight on Vasopressors (Dopamine)

Vasopressors are life-saving drugs that are commonly seen in an emergency setting. But what are vasopressors, and what are their mechanisms of action? Vasopressors Defined Vasopressors are types of medications that exert pressure on the veins, on the vascular beds to promote vasoconstriction. When this happens, there is an increase in blood flow to the [...]

By | 2018-11-22T23:09:04-08:00 November 23rd, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Emergency Pharmacology: A Highlight on Vasopressors (Dopamine)

Antibiotics 101: What are Fluoroquinolones?

Fluoroquinolones is a type of antibiotics that are given to treat some illnesses related to the respiratory and the urinary tract system. In this lecture, we’ll be delving deeper into what fluoroquinolones are, how nurses can easily remember these drugs, and what to watch-out-for when giving the medications. Let’s get right into it. Cipro de [...]

By | 2018-11-21T02:51:50-08:00 November 21st, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Antibiotics 101: What are Fluoroquinolones?

Opioid Analgesia Overview: What is Vicodin?

Vicodin is an opioid analgesic commonly used for severe pain. Vicodin is a popular drug that is usually abused in various settings, mostly by people who have been subjected to chronic pain. Opioid analgesic is Vicodin’s category due to its affectation on the opioid receptors in the brain. Vicodin and CNS The central nervous system [...]

By | 2018-11-11T01:21:45-08:00 November 12th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Opioid Analgesia Overview: What is Vicodin?

Antihypertensives: Beta Blockers Part 3

After going through the different kinds of volume depletion drugs, we’ll be discussing what beta-blockers are. Beta-blockers are commonly given to hypertensive patients to manipulate the conduction system of the heart. Decreasing Blood Pressure There are a couple of ways to lower blood pressure. First is taking off the workload by decreasing the fluid volume, [...]

By | 2018-11-09T06:19:40-08:00 November 9th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Antihypertensives: Beta Blockers Part 3

Respiratory Pharmacology: Corticosteroids and Solu-Medrol

In this respiratory pharmacology review, we will be going into corticosteroids like methylprednisolone and prednisone. Definition Corticosteroids bring down inflammatory response that can be caused by numerous health issues. Anytime the body is ill or diseased there will be increased inflammation, which will result in decreased perfusion. Other than that, corticosteroids also reduce allergic reactions [...]

By | 2018-10-29T03:54:11-08:00 October 29th, 2018|Pharmacology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Respiratory Pharmacology: Corticosteroids and Solu-Medrol

Nervous System Anatomy and Physiology: Pharmacologic Reactions

This lecture is a continuation of our previous nervous system’s anatomy and physiology. In this piece, we will go through the involvement of sympathomimetic and parasympathomimetic drugs to the peripheral nervous system. As a quick review, the nervous system is primarily composed of the following: Central nervous system (CNS) Peripheral nervous system (PNS) The peripheral [...]

By | 2018-10-22T05:22:00-08:00 October 22nd, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Nervous System Anatomy and Physiology: Pharmacologic Reactions