Bachelor's degree in Obstetrics (to qualify as an obstetrician)

General pathophysiology and therapeutic treatments - FARMACOLOGIA CLINICA

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Name of lecturer
Emanuela Bottani
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2° ANNO 1° SEMESTRE dal Oct 1, 2020 al Dec 18, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

General aims
At the end of the course the student will:
Know the classes of drugs that are most commonly used in obstetrical settings
For each class, know the mechanisms of action, the therapeutic effects, the adverse and toxic effects
Learn the rationale of drug therapies in the clinical context of pregnancy, labor and related diseases.

Specific aims
Understanding and knowledge of the mechanisms of action, therapeutic significance and adverse effects, condition for use of the following classes of drugs:
Contraceptive drugs
Antibiotics, antimicotic and antiviral drugs
drugs for respiratory disorders
Drugs for the control of pain
Drugs acting on sympathetic system


Contraceptive drugs: evolution of contraceptive pharmacological strategies; classes of compounds and their mechanisms of action; clinical and toxicological difference among contraceptive drugs and formulations
Classification, mechanisms of action and acquired resistance and toxicology of antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral drugs. Clinical indications and choice criteria
Tocolytics: mechanisms of action and principles of therapeutic use
Pharmacological control of pain: local anesthetics, opioids. mechanisms of action, clinical use and toxicology.
Bronchodilators and (combinations of) drugs for control of respiratory disorders
Drugs acting on catecholaminergic receptors and neurotransmitters: classification, mechanisms of action, clinical use and adverse reactions.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test, 32 questions w multiple choice answers
Evaluation: 1 point for correct answer, 0 for missing/wrong answer

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