Pharmacology for Dentistry,
Edition 4
By Tara V. Shanbhag, Smita Shenoy and Veena Nayak

Publication Date: 06 Mar 2021

The fourth edition of this book is thoroughly revised and updated. 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 dentistry and for practicing dentists.

Key Features

New to This Edition

• Full 4-colour format with significant revision of figures and flowcharts.

• Many drugs like anticancer, anthelmintic, antimalarial, antiviral have been updated along with treatment guidelines for HIV and tuberculosis.

• Key points for dentists added wherever relevant, stimulates enthusiasm for subject.

• Inclusion of prescription writing section to help students accurately write prescriptions.

Salient Features

• Updated content, figures, flowcharts with addition of specific description of drugs presented as headings and subheadings with different font. This style of presentation would not only make it easier for students to understand the subject in a better manner but would also help them to quickly review and revise the subject before examination.

• Text is presented in a simple, precise and point-wise manner, with complex information summarized in tables, student-friendly mnemonics, line diagrams and flowcharts, which makes the learning and comprehension easier for students.

• Mechanism of action of drugs are illustrated with diagrams and 11 animations for better understanding.

• Separate chapter on dental pharmacology discuss about the drugs used in dentistry.

Online Resources

Complimentary access to full e-book along

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; Smita Shenoy, SMITA SHENOY MD Additional Professor, Department of Pharmacology Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal, Karnataka, India and Veena Nayak
Table of Contents


Chapter 1 General Pharmacology

Introduction (Defi nitions and Sources of Drugs)

Routes of Drug Administration Pharmacokinetics 9


Factors Modifying Drug Action

Drug Interactions

Adverse Drug Effects

Treatment of Poisoning

Chapter 2 Drug Dosage Forms

Solid Dosage Forms

Semisolid Dosage Forms

Liquid Dosage Forms

Injectable Dosage Forms

New Drug-Delivery Systems

Chapter 3 Drugs Acting on Autonomic Nervous System

Introduction to Autonomic Pharmacology

Cholinergic System

Cholinergic Agents (Cholinomimetics, Parasympathomimetics)

Anticholinergic Agents (Cholinergic Receptor Blockers)

Antimuscarinic Agents (Muscarinic Receptor Antagonists)

Ganglionic Blockers

Skeletal Muscle Relaxants

Adrenergic Agonists (Sympathomimetic Agents)

Adrenergic Receptor Blockers

Alpha-Adrenergic Blockers

Beta-Adrenergic Blockers

Chapter 4 Drugs Affecting Cardiovascular Function

Antihypertensive Drugs

Antianginal Drugs

Drugs Used in Congestive Cardiac Failure

Plasma Expanders


Chapter 5 Renal Pharmacology



Chapter 6 Drugs Acting on Central Nervous System

Neurotransmitters and Central Nervous System

Sedatives and Hypnotics



Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotics

General Anaesthetics

Local Anaesthetics

Alcohols (Ethanol and Methanol)

Antiepileptic Drugs

Opioid Analgesics


Antianxiety Agents


Drugs for Bipolar Disorder

Chapter 7 Autacoids and Respiratory System

Histamine and Antihistamines

Prostaglandins and Leukotrienes (Eicosanoids)

Nonsteroidal Anti-Infl ammatory Drugs

Drugs Used in Treatment of Bronchial Asthma

Chapter 8 Drugs Used in the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases

Emetics and Antiemetics

Antidiarrhoeal Agents

Laxatives (Purgatives, Cathartics)

Pharmacotherapy of Peptic Ulcer and Gastroesophageal Refl ux Disease

Chapter 9 Drugs Affecting Coagulation and Blood Formation

Drugs Affecting Coagulation and Bleeding

Antiplatelet Drugs


Chapter 10 Endocrine Pharmacology


Hypothalamic and Pituitary Hormones

Thyroid Hormones and Antithyroid Drugs

Anabolic Steroids


Insulin and Oral Antidiabetic Agents

Agents Affecting Calcium Balance

Chapter 11 Chemotherapy

General Considerations




Beta-Lactam Antibiotics ntents






Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics




Antipseudomonal Agents (Drugs Used in Pseudomonal Infections)

Drugs Used in Anaerobic Infections

Miscellaneous Antibacterial Agents

Antitubercular Drugs

Antileprotic Drugs

Antifungal Agents

Antiviral Agents

Anti-Hepatitis Drugs

Antiretroviral Agents

Antimalarial Drugs


Anthelmintic Drugs

Anticancer Drugs

Chapter 12 Dental Pharmacology



Desensitizing Agents

Anticaries Agents

Antiplaque Agents


Disclosing Agentstents

Bleaching Agents


Mummifying Agents

Mouthwashes (Mouthrinses)



Chapter 13 Miscellaneous Drugs

Chelating Agents

Antiseptics and Disinfectants


Drug Treatment of Medical Emergencies

Dental Tray (Emergency Drug Kit) for Dentists


Commonly Used Abbreviations

Prescription Writing

Sample Prescription

Commonly Prescribed Drugs


Book details
ISBN: 9788131258170
Page Count: 436
Illustrations : 110 figures
Retail Price : £24.54