00351 - Pharmacology

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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2018/2019

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 risk-benefit balance of medicinal products;
  • drug interactions and other factors modifying drug effects;
  • classes of drugs of interest in dentistry.

Course contents

A detailed program can be downloaded from moodle (access restricted to UNIBO students)

PROGRAM (short version)


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


- 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

- Agents used in allergic rhinitis

- Agents used in peptic ulcer

- Glucocorticoids

- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

- Antihistamines

- Antidiabetic agents

- Estrogens, progestins and androgens



1) Amico-Roxas M., Caputi A.P., Del Tacca M. FARMACOLOGIA IN ODONTOIATRIA. UTET, Torino, 2008.

2) Waller D.G., Renwick A.G., Hillier K. FARMACOLOGIA MEDICA ED ELEMENTI DI TERAPIA. (Ediz. Italiana) Elsevier, Milano, 2011.

3) Katzung B.G., Trevor A.J. FARMACOLOGIA GENERALE E CLINICA. Edizione Italiana a cura di Paolo Preziosi. Piccin, Padova, 2017.

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.

Office hours

See the website of Fabrizio De Ponti

See the website of Emanuel Raschi

See the website of Domenico Motola