Basic Pharmacology Concepts

PHARMACODYNAMICS (how a drug exerts it effect on the body)

Drug-receptor theory (a fundamental concept)


Important terms

It doesn't matter if a drug has low potency because you can always give more drug but if a drug has low efficacy then it doesn't how much you give, you can't get a maximal response.

Secondary messengers

Types of side effects (adverse drug reaction)

PHARMACOKINETICS (what happens to the drug after it is administered)

Four major processes

Each of these processes takes time

Factors that affect how rapidly this occurs:
Drug related
Body related
Clinical examples