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Introduction to Pharmacology

Lecture 1 Pharmacology for Nursing

Utilize nomenclature Major Drug Classifications Identify Resources for Information Legal/Ethical Considerations Calculate Dosages

Deals with the mechanism of action, uses adverse effects and fate of drugs in animals and in humans. Pharmakon refers to the study of what biologically active chemical compounds do in the body, and how the body reacts to them.
What is the difference between



Science of




Different Branches of Pharmacology

Pharmacolodynamic Pharmacokinetic Pharmacotherapetics Clinical Pharmacology Pharmacogenetics Pharmacovigilance Pharmacoeconomics Toxicology

Drugs and Drug Products

Drugs is a chemical xenobiotics substances that exerts a selective biological activity, it is a substance that is listed in the national pharmacopeia of a country (USP,BNF,PNDF) Drug Product is the commercial preparation of a drug having the active ingredients and the inactive ingredients

Terminology for Patients

Drug (medication)
pharmacological agent produces biological effect

Prescription Drug
safe under supervision prescribed by licensed practitioner

Terminology (cont)

Non-Prescription (Over-the-Counter or OTC)

safe if instructions followed no prescription necessary

Terminology (cont)

Recreational Drug
use for pleasant psychological/physical effects no therapeutic intent

Drug Nomenclature (Names)

Chemical Name
atomic/molecular structure

Generic Name (OFFICIAL)

derived from chemical name listed in US Pharmacopedia & Formulary

Trade Name (Brand)

selected by Manufacturer copyrighted

Drug Nomenclature (Names)

Chemical Name
7-chloro-1,3-dihydro-1methyl-5 phenyl 2H-1, 4-benzodiazepin 2-one Ethyl 1-methyl 4-pheylisonipecotate hydrochloride

Generic Name Trade Name

diazepam meperidine Valium Demerol

acetylsalicyclic aspirin


Drug Classifications

Pharmacologic Classification
Similar Characteristics Similar Chemical Make up examples: Penicillins, Beta Blockers

Therapeutic Classification
Used for similar effect May not have similar chemical make up Examples: Antihypertensives, Antibiotics

Drug Classification
Origin of Source Chemical Structure Physiologic Use Therapeutic Use Anti Pathogens Function Modifiers Restoratives

Therapeutic Effects
Category O Category I Category II Category III Category IV Category V Disease Prevention Disease Etiology Specific Disease Processes
Specific Disease Manifestations
Non Specific Disease Manifestation

Non Therapeutic Drug Use

Pregnancy Category
A Controlled studies show no risk-Adequate, well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester of pregnancy. B No evidence of risk in humans-Adequate, well controlled studies in pregnant women have not shown increased risk of fetal abnormalities despite adverse findings in animals, or In the absence of adequate human studies, animal studies show no fetal risk. The chance of fetal harm is remote, but remains a possibility. C Risk can not be ruled out- Adequate, well-controlled human studies are lacking, and animal studies have shown a risk to the fetus or are lacking as well. There is a chance of fetal harm if the drug is administered during pregnancy; but the potential benefits may outweigh the potential risk. D Positive evidence of Risk-Studies in humans, or investigational or post marketing data, have demonstrated fetal risk. Nevertheless, potential benefits from the use of the drug may outweigh the potential risk. For example, the drug may be acceptable if needed in a life threatening situation or serious disease for which safer drugs cannot be used or are ineffective. X Contraindicated in Pregnancy- Studies in animals or humans, or investigational or post-marketing reports, have demonstrated positive evidence of fetal abnormalities or risk which clearly outweighs any possible benefit to the patient.

Philippine National Drug Formulary and Relevant Laws

It is the governments response to the problem of inadequate provision of good quality essential drugs to the people. The Five Pillars of PNDFP:
The assurance of the safety, efficacy and usefulness of pharmaceutical products through quality control. The promotion of the rational use of drugs by both health professionals and the general public. The development of self reliance in the local pharmaceutical industry. Tailored of targeted procurement of drugs by the government People empowerment

Philippine National Drug Formulary and Relevant Laws

Republic Act 6675 Generics Act of 1988
Aims to promote, require and ensure the production of an adequate supply, distribution, use and acceptance of drugs and medicines identified by their generic name. generics name are those scientifically and internationally recognized by their active ingredients or official name as determined by the DFAD of the DOH.

Republic ACT 9502 Cheaper Medicine Act Republic Act 6425 Dangerous Drug Act
Narcotics are drugs which produce insensibility, stupor, melancholy, delusion or dullness of mind and which may be habit forming. Prohibited Drugs Opium and its active components and derivatives such as heroin and morphine
coca leaf and its derivatives Alpha and beta cocaine Hallucinogens drugs like mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide Indian hemp Self inducing sedatives Amphetamines Hypnotic drugs

Regulated drugs

Aminoglycosides Cephalosphorins Flouroquinolones Macrolides Lincosamides MonoBactam Penicillins Penicillinase Resistant Antibiotic Sulfonamides Tetracyclines Anti Mycobacterial Antibiotics

The aminoglycosides are the mainstay in the treatment of serious gramnegative systemic infections. A disadvantage of the aminoglycosides is their association with nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity, both of which are associated with elevated trough levels and sustained elevated peak levels. Aminoglycosides have bactericidal activity against most gram-negative bacteria including Acinetobacter, Citrobacter, Enterobacter, E. Coli, Klebsiella, Proteus, Providencia, Pseudomanas, Salmonella, Serratia and Shigella.

Amikacin Gentamicin Kanamycin Neomycin Streptomycin

Therapeutic Actions and Indications
The aminoglycosides are bactericidal.
Where is Aminoglycosides best absorbed? Can it cause the placental barriers? What is the average half life of aminoglycosides?

Contraindication and Cautions

Allergy Hepatic disease Pre existing hearing loss Mycobacterial infection Myasthenia gravis and Parkinson's disease Lactation

Adverse Effects
CNS Effects Renal Toxicity Bone Marrow Depletion GI effects Cardiac effects Hypersensitivity

Clinically Important Drug to Drug Interaction

Diuretics Neuromuscular blockers Penicillins, cephalosporins, carbenicillins

Nursing Consideration for Patients Receiving Aminoglycosides

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Cephalosporins are the most frequently prescribed class of antibiotics They are structurally and pharmacologically related to penicillins Like penicillins, cephalosporins have a beta-lactam ring structure that interferes with the synthesis of bacterial cell wall The first agent cephalothin (cefalotin) was launched by Eli Lilly in 1964 Cephalosporins are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, such as;
respiratory tract infections (pneumonia, tonsillitis, bronchitis), skin infections and urinary tract infections. They are also commonly used for surgical prophylaxis - prevention of bacterial infection before, during, and after surgery. They are sometimes given with other antibiotics to increase the spectrum of activity

Generation of Cephalosporins
First Generation Cephalosporins are moderate spectrum agents
Effective against gram negative aerobes They are effective for treating staphylococcal and streptococcal infections and therefore are alternatives for skin and soft-tissue infections, as well as for streptococcal pharyngitis. (PEcK)
Cefadroxil Cephalexin Cephaloridine Cephalothin Cephapirin Cefazolin Cephradine

Generation of Cephalosporins
Second Generations Cephalosporins - antibacterial spectrum is
broader than that of 1st generation Cephalosporins and includes some gram negative pathogens They are useful agents for treating upper and lower respiratory tract infections and sinusitis

The second generation drugs are less effective against gram positive bacteria
Cefaclor Cefmetazole Cefonicid Cefotetan Cefoxitin Cefprozil Cefuroxime

Generation of Cephalosporins
Third Generations Cephalosporins HENPeCKS The parenteral third generation Cephalosporins (ceftriaxone and cefotaxime) have excellent activity against most strains of Streptococcus pneumonia, including the vast majority of those with intermediate and high level resistance to penicillin The third generation Cephalosporins are:
Cefdinir Cefoperazone Cefotaxime Cefpodoxime Ceftazidime Ceftibuten Ceftozoxime Ceftriaxone

Generation of Cephalosporins
Fourth Generations Cephalosporins 4th generation Cephalosporins are extended spectrum agents with similar activity against gram-positive organisms as first generation Cephalosporins. Many can cross blood brain barrier and are effective in meningitis.

Therapeutic Action and Indications

Bacteriostatic and Bactericidal
Where it is best absorbed? What are the sign of GI adverse reaction? Clinically Important Drug to Drug Interaction
What out for nephrotoxicity if used together with aminoglycosides Patient receiving anticoagulants Avoid drinking alcohol after 72 hours of taking Cephalosporins

Nursing Considerations for Patients Receiving Cephalosporins

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Are a relatively new synthetic class of antibiotics with a broad spectrum of activity. The fluoroquinolones enter the bacterial cell by passive diffusion through channels in the cell membrane. Once inside, they interfere with the action of DNA enzymes necessary for the growth and reproduction of the bacteria. This leads to cell death because the bacterial DNA is damaged and the cell cannot be maintained.



Ketolides, Macrolides, Lincosamides, Monobactam

Ketolides, Macrolides, Lincosamides, Monobactam

Penicillins and Penicillinase

Penicillins and Penicillinase

Penicillins and Penicillinase