General Pharmacology

Robert D. Grubbs

2 Credits / Quarter 5 (Autumn, Second Year)

Course Description

First of a two quarter course with lectures and demonstrations concerning the action of drugs on physiological and pathological processes with special emphasis on agents of special importance in the practice of dentistry.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in the principles of general pharmacology. The objectives will be for the student to be able to describe (1) 25 families of therapeutic agents taken by or prescribed to dental patients in terms of clinical pharmacology, (2) indication, usage, precautions, (3) adverse reactions, (4) overdosage absorption, (5) metabolic rate, (6) distribution, and (7) excretion.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: general principles of pharmacology; antimicrobials; AIDS-related antiviral agents; gastrointestinal drugs; drug laws and prescription writing; antihistamines; analgesics and antibiotics in the clinic; contraceptives; drug interactions (adverse reactions); and antineoplastics.

Course Expectations

To successfully met the requirements of this course, the student is required to attend lectures and demonstrate his/her understanding of the lectures and reading material through three multiple choice examinations.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 6: Manage acute and chronic orofacial and dental pain.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.


  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Dentistry, Needle and Yagilla
  • Syllabus, PHCOL 434

*last updated: 11/7/2011

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