A professional who prescribes medications must have an exhaustive knowledge of pharmacology. Even though you may not need as deep an understanding of pharmacology as such a professional, obtaining a fundamental knowledge enables you to provide relevant and useful information regarding medications as you interact with patients. In this Discussion, you apply your learning from this weekâ€™s resources as you analyze the pharmacology of a particular medication.
Select a medication relevant to this course, and consider how and why you think it is relevant. Research online for the medication package insert or label (typically a PDF version of the package insert or label information can be found on the drug companyâ€™s website).
Write the name of the medication you selected, explaining why you think it is relevant to the course. Then, describe the routes of administration, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of the medication you selected, being sure to explain how the medicationâ€™s routes of administration, dose-response curves, ED50, and LD50 interact.
Finally, identify two facts about this medication that you might address with a patient, explaining why you might address them and how.
- Advokat, C. D., & Comaty, J. E., & Julien, R. M. (2019). Julien’s primer of drug action: A comprehensive guide to the actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs (14th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers/Macmillan.
- Chapter 1, â€œPharmacokinetics: How Drugs Are Handled by the Bodyâ€ (pp. 1-36)
- Chapter 3, â€œPharmacodynamics: How Drugs Actâ€ (pp. 36-97)
- Preston, J. D., Oâ€™Neal, J. H., & Talaga, M. C. (2017). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists (8th ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
- Chapter 4, â€œPharmacologyâ€ (pp. 45â€“56)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (2012). Mental health medications (NIH Pub. No. 12-3929). Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/mental-health-medications/nimh-mental-health-medications.pdf
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2013). Information by drug class. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/InformationbyDrugClass/default.htm
- Ward, R. K., & Zamorski, M. A. (2002). Benefits and risks of psychiatric medications during pregnancy. American Family Physician, 66(4), 629â€“637. Retrieved from http://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0815/p629.html