Medicinal Chemistry for Pharmacy Students

Medicinal Chemistry for Pharmacy Students

Volume: 2

Medicinal Chemistry of Drugs Affecting the Nervous System

The primary objective of this 4-volume book series is to educate PharmD students on the subject of medicinal chemistry. The book set serves as a reference guide to pharmacists on aspects of the ...
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Drugs Affecting Adrenergic System

Pp. 59-108 (50)

M. O. Faruk Khan and Les Ramos

Abstract

This chapter is a comprehensive account of medicinal chemistry of drugs affecting the adrenergic system. It provides the mechanisms of action of drugs and detail of structure-activity relationships of the adrenergic drugs to give the knowledge base for pharmacists. After the study of this chapter students will be able to:

• Comprehend the historical background of adrenergic neurochemistry and drugs acting on this system

• Explain adrenergic neurotransmitters and their functions

• Classify adrenergic receptors and their structures and binding

• Discuss direct and indirect acting sympathomimetic (adrenergic agonists) and sympatholytic (adrenergic antagonists) drugs

• Explain SAR for direct and indirect acting adrenergic receptor agonists and antagonists

• Delineate the clinical significance of these classes of drugs

• Identify the discovery process of these agents

Keywords:

Adrenergic agonists and antagonists, Adrenergic drugs, Clinical use of adrenergic drugs, Drug receptor interaction, Epinephrine and norepinephrine, Structure activity relationship, Sympathomimetic agents.

Affiliation:

School of Pharmacy, University of Charleston, Charleston, WV, USA.