Background for Psychopharmacology
Some Essential Terms & Concepts

The following information is provided as a study guide and is not an exhaustive listing of the material covered during the first part of class. Consult your lecture notes, the textbook (i.e., first three chapters in Julien), the supplementary printed material (available at Jacobs Copy Center: required material listed as PSY 402; optional material listed as PSY 351 Chapter 3), and the other online materials. Check this page often for revisions and use the "reload/refresh" function each time you visit this page. Note the revision date and time shown on the bottom of the page to ensure that you have printed the most recent version.

Neuron Morphology




Characterization of Drug Action

In addition to a description of its therapeutic effect, drug action is often characterized in terms of several pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters. Some examples of parameters that might be listed are given below. Drugs always produce multiple effects and important side effects are also given in the drug's description. Two important sources of information on drugs are the Merck Index for chemical and general pharmacological properties and the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) for prescribing information.

Pharmacokinetic parameters

Pharmacodynamic parameters

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