UW School of Dentistry


General Pharmacology

Robert D. Grubbs

2 Credits / Quarter 6 (Winter, Second Year)

Course Description

Second 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 general pharmacology. The objectives will be for the student to be able to describe (1) additional prototype drugs to those described in educational objectives for PHCOL 434 and (2) determine the patient’s medical problem assessed by the drug type listed in the patient’s medical history.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: Anti-Neoplastics: Chemical Transmission and Drug Actions in CNS; Anti-Psychotics; Anti-Depressants; Pain and Narcotic Drugs; 5-HT, Migraine and Other Pain syndromes; Anti-inflammatory agents; General Anesthetics; Sedative-Hypnotics; Anticonvulsants and anti-Parkinson drugs.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student must attend lectures and demonstrate his/her understanding of the lectures and reading material through three 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.


  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Dentistry, Needle and Yagilla
  • Syllabus, PHCOL 435

*last updated: 11/7/2011