00351 - Pharmacology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Emanuel Raschi (Modulo 2) Domenico Motola (Modulo 1)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 2) Traditional lectures (Modulo 1)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in School of Dentistry (cod. 8204)

Learning outcomes

The main objective of this course of Pharmacology is to provide basic knowledge on the following items:

  • phamacokinetics: absorption, metabolism, distribution and elimination of drugs; routes of administration and pharmacokinetic parameters;
  • pharmacodynamics: mechanisms of action of drugs, drug-receptor interaction, dose-response relationship;
  • therapeutic index and benefit-risk balance of drugs;
  • drug interactions and other factors modifying drug effects;
  • classes of drugs of interest in dentistry.

Course contents

A detailed program can be downloaded from iol.unibo.it (access restricted to UNIBO students)



Drug development and marketing authorization of medicinal products in the European Union


- Routes of drug administration

- Absorption and distribution of drugs in the body

- Clearance: biotransformation and elimination

- Pharmacokinetics after single and repeated dosing


- Mechanisms of drug action (receptors and other mechanisms)

- Dose-response relationship

- Agonists and antagonists

- Variability in drug response an drug interactions


- Drugs acting on the autonomic nervous system

- Benzodiazepines

- Antidepressants

- Drugs used in analgesia

- Diuretics

- ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor antagonists

- Beta-blockers

- Calcium-channel blockers

- Agents used in angina pectoris

- Agents used in dyslipidemias

- Inhibitors of platelet aggregation, anticoagulants, trombolytics, antihemorragic agents,

- Agents used in osteoporosis

- Bronchodilators and other agents used in asthma and COPD

- Drugs used in allergic rhinitis

- Drugs used in peptic ulcer

- Glucocorticoids

- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and paracetamol

- Antihistamines

- Antidiabetic agents

- Estrogens, progestins and androgens


The teaching material provided on the iol.unibo.it platform and the notes taken during the lessons are essential for the preparation of the exam.

In addition, students can explore topics on the following texts:

1) Goodman & Gilman, Le basi farmacologiche della terapia, Il Manuale, II Edizione italiana, Zanichelli, 2015.

2) Govoni S, Farmacologia. Casa editrice Ambrosiana, 2014.

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

Oral examination to assess achievement of the skills detailed in the learning outcomes (see the Italian version for details)

Teaching tools

Teaching material (restricted to UNIBO students) can be downloaded from the institutional repository (virtuale.unibo.it).

Office hours

See the website of Domenico Motola

See the website of Emanuel Raschi


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.