91043 - Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy II

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Andrea Tarozzi (Modulo 1) Andrea Tarozzi (Modulo 2) Andrea Tarozzi (Modulo 3)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2) Traditional lectures (Modulo 3)
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Pharmacy (cod. 5987)

    Also valid for Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Pharmacy (cod. 9078)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - knows the main molecular mechanisms and the pharmacodynamic and therapeutic profile of drugs active on the central nervous system, on renal and cardiovascular functions, on respiratory and gastro-intestinal functions, on inflammation and on the immune system, on blood cells and on coagulation and aggregation of platelets, minerals and vitamins; - knows the drugs that influence endocrine functions; - is able to evaluate the efficacy and safety of drugs and their ability to prevent and treat certain diseases or alleviate their symptoms; - knows the main adverse and collateral effects that may limit their use; - is able to recognize the interactions between drugs; - apply the knowledge learned for the conduct of the profession, for the proper storage and dispensation of drugs, to inform and educate on the use of medicines; - possesses the knowledge that allows him to report adverse drug reactions; - apply the knowledge learned for the conduct of the profession, for the proper storage and dispensation of medicines, to inform and educate on the use of medicines and to monitor the management of the appropriateness in the use of medicines and the continuity of adherence to drug therapy in chronic therapies.

Course contents


- Antipsychotic drugs

- Drugs for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia disorders

- Agents for the treatment of affective disorders

- Drugs effective in the therapy of the epilepsies

- Drugs effective in the therapy of neurodegenerative acute diseases (stroke), chronic diseases (Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease) e rare diseases (Huntington's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

- Drug dependence and addiction

Treatment of pain

- Opioid analgesics and antagonists

- Non-opioid analgesics


- Drug therapy for atherosclerosis

- Antihypertensive agents

- Antihypotensive agents and shock

- Agents used in the treatment of heart failure

- Antiarrhythmic agents

- Drugs used for the treatment of angina pectoris

- Pharmacological treatment of vascular diseases


- Diuretics and other drugs for edema

- Agents affecting the renal conservation of water


- Anti-anemic agents

- Antiplatelet agents

- Coagulant and anticoagulant agents

- Thrombolytic and antithrombolytic agents


- Cough suppressants, expectorans, mucolytics

- Drugs used in treatment of asthma


- Agents used for control of gastric acidity and treatment of peptic ulcers

- Emetic and antiemetic agents

- Prokinetic agents

- Agents used for constipation

- Agents used for diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease

- Agents used for biliary and pancreatic disease


- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids)

- Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (dmards)

- Drugs used in the treatment of gout

- Antihistamines


- Oral hypoglycemic agents and the pharmacology of the endocrine pancreas

- Thyroid hormones and antithyroid drugs

- Adrenocorticotropic hormone; corticosteroids and their synthetic analogs; inibitors of the synthesis and actions of corticosteroids

- Reproductive hormone, estrogens and progestins, contraceptive drugs, androgens

- Hormones and agents affecting calcification and bone turnover

- Pharmacological therapy for obesity


Main Textbook


Basic and Clinical Pharmacology

Bertram G. Katzung, Todd W. Vanderah

15th Edition - McGraw Hill


Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology (Lippincott Illustrated Reviews Series)

Karen Whalen

7th Edition - Wolters Kluwer


Textbook to be used for further information


Goodman & Gilman's: The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

Laurence L. Brunton, Randa Hilal-Dandan, Björn C. Knollmann

13th edition - McGraw Hill


Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology

Stephen M. Stahl

5th Edition - Cambridge University Press

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

The exam consists in a written test with thirty multiple choice questions and three open questions aimed at assessing the student's understanding and knowledge of the topics set out during the course.

The open questions will be selected from a known list of open questions that student will find in https://virtuale.unibo.it/ . The written test will be performed at https://eol.unibo.it/. The student will have 30 and 60 minutes to answer the multiple choice and open questions, respectively.

The final mark is the sum of the score obtained for each question. The student can get a score of 0.5 for each correct answer to multiple choice questions and a maximum score of 5 for each answer to open question.

Teaching tools



Overhead projector

Students can find slides regarding the course material used by teacher during the lessons on Alma Campus.

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Tarozzi