Pharmacology for Medical Graduates, 4th Edition,
Edition 4
By Tara V. Shanbhag and Smita Shenoy

Publication Date: 14 Apr 2019

The fourth edition of this book is thoroughly revised and updated in accordance with the syllabus of pharmacology recommended by the Medical Council of India. Following recent developments and advances in Pharmacology, the book provides factual, conceptual and applied aspects of the subject. It is designed to meet the needs of students pursuing undergraduate courses in medicine and also for the practicing doctors.

Key Features

• Format based upon the pattern followed by the examiners in framing questions in the exams – both theory and practical

• Updated content with addition of specific description of drugs under short headings makes it easy to understand
• Textual presentation in tabular format helps in quick reading and recall
• Addition of new flowcharts, figures and tables to facilitate greater retention of knowledge
• Supplementing text with simple diagrams, self-explanatory flow charts, tables and student friendly mnemonics

• Point-wise presentation of information, useful for exam going UG students

New Features

  • Includes new topics on drug dosage forms and calculation of dosage of drugs
  • Addition of cardiovascular drug summary table for quick revision
About the author
By Tara V. Shanbhag, TARA V SHANBHAG MD Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre Mukka, Surathkal, Mangalore Karnataka, India Formerly, Professor, Department of Pharmacology Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal, Karnataka, India and Smita Shenoy, SMITA SHENOY MD Additional Professor, Department of Pharmacology Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal, Karnataka, India
Table of Contents

1 General Pharmacology

Introduction (Defi nitions and Sources of Drugs)

Routes of Drug Administration



Rational Use of Medicines

Adverse Drug Effects

Poison Information Centres


New Drug Development

2 Autonomic Pharmacology

Introduction to Autonomic Nervous System

Cholinergic System

Cholinergic Agents (Cholinomimetics, Parasympathomimetics)

Anticholinergic Agents

Skeletal Muscle Relaxants

Adrenergic Agonists (Sympathomimetic Agents)

Adrenergic Receptor Blockers

a-Adrenergic Blockers

ß-Adrenergic Blockers

3 Drugs Affecting Cardiovascular Function

Antihypertensive Drugs

Antianginal Drugs

Drugs Used in Congestive Cardiac Failure

Antiarrhythmic Drugs

Hypolipidaemic Drugs

Plasma Volume Expanders

4 Renal Pharmacology



5 Drugs Acting on Central Nervous System

Neurotransmitters and Central Nervous System

Sedatives and Hypnotics

General Anaesthetics

Local Anaesthetics

Alcohols (Ethanol and Methanol)

Antiepileptic Drugs


Opioid Analgesics

Antiparkinsonian Drugs

Drugs for Alzheimer Disease

Cognitive Enhancers (Nootropics)

CNS Stimulants


6 Autacoids and Respiratory System

Histamine and Antihistamines

5-Hydroxytryptamine: Agonists and Antagonists

Prostaglandins and Leukotrienes (Eicosanoids)

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Drugs Used in the Treatment of Gout

Drugs Used in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Drugs Used in the Treatment of Cough

Drugs Used in the Treatment of Bronchial Asthma

7 Drugs Used in the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases

Emetics and Antiemetics

Antidiarrhoeal Agents

Pharmacotherapy of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Laxatives (Purgatives, Cathartics)

Pharmacotherapy of Peptic Ulcer and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

8 Drugs Affecting Coagulation and Blood Formation

Drugs Affecting Coagulation and Bleeding

Haematinics and Haematopoietic Growth Factors

9 Endocrine Pharmacology


Hypothalamic and Pituitary Hormones

Thyroid and Antithyroid Drugs

Sex Hormones and Their Antagonists


Insulin and Oral Antidiabetic Agents

Agents Affecting Calcium Balance

10 Drugs Acting on Uterus

Uterine Stimulants and Relaxants

11 Chemotherapy


Quinolones and Fluoroquinolones









Miscellaneous Antibacterial Agents

Urinary Antiseptics

Drugs Useful in the Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Antituberculosis Drugs

Antileprotic Drugs

Antifungal Agents

Antiviral Agents

Antimalarial Drugs

Antiamoebic Drugs


Anticancer Drugs

12 Miscellaneous Drugs

Chelating Agents

Immunosuppressants and Immunostimulants

Antiseptics and Disinfectants



Vaccines and Antisera

Drugs Used in Common Skin Diseases

Drug Therapy of Scabies and Pediculosis

Topical Drugs used for Common Diseases of Eye, Nose and Ear

Enzymes in Therapy

Drug Treatment of Medical Emergencies

Drug Dosage Forms

Calculation of Dosage of Drugs

Book details
ISBN: 9788131254936
Page Count: 528
Retail Price : £26.36
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